My Favorite Trilogy

Some may say they’re favorite trilogy is the Lord of the Rings series without the recent adaptation of The Hobbit.  However, in my opinion, if you can make The Hobbit into three movies, you sure as shit can make the other and thicker novels into three movies as well.  Sure, there would be 12 movies total, but that would keep myself and thousands of others entertained.  You may as well turn the novels into a television series, because that would entertain everyone for several, several years to come.

Some may say that The Matrix has the best trilogy, but I spit at their feet.  Lastly, we have the ignorant, the people who enjoy The Hangover trilogy.  I have nothing to say for the latter, but there is great sorrow behind my eyes.  Ignorance may be bliss, but–as they say–“you can’t fix stupid.”

My favorite trilogy is Richard Linklater’s:  Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004), and Before Midnight (2013).  All films star Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, telling the story of their romance from when they first met to (about) 20 years later/presently.  The films are whimsical and dialogue-driven.  The climaxes aren’t overly climactic.  The humor is dry, and the drama can be easily related to.  The three are what consistency is supposed to be about, continuing the story flawlessly after two decades.  Aside the third film where there more characters than the two main roles, it’s Hawke and Delpy.

It could be similar to Samuel Beckett’s Wading for Godot.  But–for those familiar with the play–could you really imagine Estragon and Vladimir waiting for 20 years?  They’d be dead or institutionalized.

Before Sunrise (1994)
Before Sunrise (1994)
Before Sunset (2004)
Before Sunset (2004)
Before Midnight (2013)
Before Midnight (2013)

Any of these movies can be adapted into a play.  It would be difficult, especially when trying to get the two actors to revive their roles every ten years.  Of course, that doesn’t have to plan out this way.

The tangibility is important.  It’s the love story that is an anti-love-story about what a love story should be.  It’s raw.

Linklater and the characters established by Hawke and Delpy are crucial.  I promise not to give spoilers, because some were upset at my The Walking Dead post from yesterday.  Spoilers aren’t found too commonly in this blog, but they are here; you just have to look.  But why waste your time looking for spoilers?

Tangibility.  The conversation, the communication (which is an important aspect in the films) is real and clutch.  Sure, these movies have scripts, but it almost seems natural.  The dialogue has an essence of improvisation.  They are dramatic films with comedic aspects, because in life’s most serious of situations, you can find something funny, relatable.

This trilogy should be the movies that women can realistically relate to, not the pipe dreams that the corny How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days portray women and men to be.  These three movies fall in with films like The Holiday and Love Actually.  Despite the goofy romantic comedy, which is entertaining in my opinion, life is not always full of these haphazard scenes.

5 thoughts on “My Favorite Trilogy

  1. I wonder if they Hobbit had been first if the Lord of the Rings would’ve been made into 9 movies. Then of course I read that Tolkien considered the Lord of the Rings to be one book and not three (publishers!).

    Anyways, I want to check out this “Before” trilogy. It sounds very intriguing. I really enjoy Love Actually even though I usually take romantic comedies with a grain of salt for the most part (especially if they are based on Nicholas Sparks books).

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