Sony Pictures Classics has released the first trailer for director Richard Linklater’s sequel Before Midnight. I caught the film at Sundance and it’s tough to say anything about it without ruining the film’s surprises. If you were a fan of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset and have every intention of seeing Before Midnight opening weekend, I might suggest you not watch this trailer. It doesn’t give anything away outright, but it’s much more fun to go into these movies knowing as little as possible. That said, this trailer does a nice job of playing on the nostalgia from the first two films while teasing what Midnight has in store. I will say that I had impossibly high expectations for Before Midnight going in, and I found that it somehow surpassed them. This trilogy is truly one of the great works of cinema, and Before Midnight is not only a fantastic and worthy addition to the saga of Jesse and Celine, but it’s also one of the best films of the year so far.
For comparison, here are the trailers for Before Sunrise and Before Sunset:
Here’s the synopsis for Before Midnight:
Jesse and Celine first met on a Eurail train and experienced 14 hours of deep connection as they explored Vienna. Nine years later, Celine found Jesse at a Paris book store, the last stop on his book tour. They had one day together before he was meant to fly out that night. Now, we meet up with the two off-and-on lovers nine years later, in Greece.