Screenplay by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke
No other film in the Best Adapted Screenplay category works harder than “Before Midnight”. Now, do not mistake my words, as I do not feel like it will be taking home the big honor, but in terms of delivering in the sense of dialogue and descriptions, no other screenplay nominated captures more character development with less surroundings than that of “Before Midnight”. Following in the life of two previously established characters (from the films “Before Sunrise” (1995) and “Before Sunset” (2004), Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy play a fast talking, intelligent couple who have been together for what seems like far too long. Throughout the film, we are privy to their wordy conversations, with a constant power struggle between the two occurring right before our eyes, but without preaching and without the audience being able to choose a “right” side. These are living, breathing characters, likely helped by the actors also working as the writers, fitting the dialogue to themselves and molding some incredible arguments. Taking place in six or seven long winded conversations with different backdrops, like a car ride from the airport, or dinner with friends, or a long walk to a hotel, the film relies only on the people placed in front of the screen and nothing else, demanding your attention, something that cannot be said for any of the other nominees, regardless of the quality of film. Like I stated, however, “Before Midnight” probably will not take home the gold, with the four other nominees finding themselves in the Best Picture category as well, almost guaranteeing that what ever wins Best Picture will likely be taking Best Adapted Screenplay with it. My money will be on “12 Years A Slave” as I hope it takes Best Picture, but “Before Midnight” is a worthy adversary and deserves the praise it has received, grabbing all three screenwriters a second nomination following the same nomination for “Before Sunset” (2004).
// Produced by Richard Linklater, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, and Sara Woodhatch//
// Directed by Richard Linklater //
// Dated Viewed: Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 // DVD // 37 films – 40 days //