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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Report Card---"Before Midnight"

This movie got a nomination for Best Screenplay.
It would have gotten my vote for Best Boring Screenplay.
That's about it.
After I saw it, I learned that it was the third of a trilogy.
I can't imagine what the first two were.
The first hour or so is merely amiable chatter among a husband and wife and their friends.
Then the friends go away and things get less amiable, and slightly more interesting.
Slightly more interesting than Really Boring.

 On to the scoring: 

Is it interesting?

Asked and answered.

Compelling even?


Is it controversial?

Only on the issue of "How did they get three movies out of these characters?

Is it a story worth telling?

Not once, much less three times.

Is it good storytelling?

Totally out of balance.

Is it well written?

Only when the couple starts arguing.

Is it well cast? Well played?  Well shot?

Not particularly, on any level.
Is it too long? Too short?

WAY too long.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Life can certainly be this tedious, but why immortalize it?
And no, I don't care about the characters.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I was surprised when it made it's turn and got sort of interesting.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

I just barely recall it now.

Is it funny?


Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

I keep trying to come up with new ways of saying "No", but no.

Is it impressive ?

Overall grade: C-..

 The celluloid definition of "artsy-fartsy".

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  1. The movie's attributes are very much wrapped up in its position as the third installment of a trilogy.

    Coming in cold with Act Three is a tough spot. Those extra 2 million viewers who watched the last episode of "Breaking Bad" only may have found things to like, or dislike, but either way they missed some context.

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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."