I have always struggled with my feelings for this series of films and it is largely because I don’t particularly care for the characters. With this final(?) installment however I found myself able to put aside my feelings for Jesse and Celine to appreciate the art of the filmmaking. The script. The long takes. The actors’ embodiment of their characters.
I also think there is something to be said about timing. I wonder whether the reason that the first two films didn’t resonate with me was because I saw them before I had fallen in love. Whereas now, this third installment comes at a time when I have been in a relationship that has seen the same stages of development (minus the kids) as that of the couple on screen. In that sense, I doubt there is anyone who could walk out of this film and not reflect on the nature of their own relationships.