"The French Dispatch" (2021) | Sam Gall Movie Review Issue #166 Gem Mint 10


"The French Dispatch" (2021)

Director: Wes Anderson

Writer: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Hugo Guiness, Jason Schwartzman

Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Lea Seydoux, Francis McDormand, Timothee Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Steve Park, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Bob Balaban, Henry Winkler, Lois Smith, Tony Revolori, Christoph Waltz

Rated: R for graphic nudity, some sexual references and language

Runtime: 1h 47m

Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance

Country: United States | Germany

Language: English | French

Available on: Various VOD platforms


"A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional twentieth century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in "The French Dispatch Magazine"."


You might like this if you like: Wes Anderson, Comedies, Dramas, Romance, Benicio Del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Lea Seydoux, Francis McDormand, Timothee Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Steve Park, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Bob Balaban, Henry Winkler, Lois Smith, Tony Revolori, Christoph Waltz



'The French Dispatch' (2021)



Probably not my favorite Wes Anderson film, though I’m a big fan and I’ll happily see anything he puts out. I expect it to look amazing, show me something new, laugh and to love all his quirky characters. It checked all those boxes. I just don’t think it was my favorite setting I guess, or the most interesting backdrop to me, but I still enjoyed it due to the people involved and the flow and look of a Wes Anderson film that I can’t help but enjoy.



Frances McDormand in 'The French Dispatch' (2021)


I did like the idea of seeing Wes Anderson doing story vignettes in the way he did this one. I guess what I was saying before though, he creates these worlds in every one of his films that feel so escapist, yet this one didn’t feel like one I’d want to be in. The vignette storytelling helped keep an interesting flow and pacing for me, felt like a series of Wes Anderson shorts back to back, though all closely tied in the same universe. More difference in characters rather than setting, which I still liked.


Timothee Chalamet (left) & Lyna Khoudri in 'The French Dispatch' (2021)




It’s so star studded it’s hard me to even list everyone… Benicia Del Toro and Lea Seydoux’s, Francis McDormand and Timothee Chalamet’s, and Owen Wilson’s were most memorable to me. Tony Revolori too. There’s so many it’s wonderful!


Despite me saying I wouldn’t want to live in this particular Wes Anderson world, I’d put this high in the contending race for production design and cinematography. It’s a gorgeous picture, some of the wildest shots I’ve ever seen pulled off by the master.



Lea Seydoux in 'The French Dispatch' (2021)


Certainly enjoyable if you’re a Wes Anderson fan, but I get if it isn’t for everyone.



Written by Sam Gall on Dec 21, 2021


CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0


"The overall effect of all this is a particularly whimsical form of escapism -- as if an excessive knowledge of reality has brought on a state of nostalgia for a world that never was." - Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald


"It has everything that we've come to expect from Wes Anderson-carefully crafted aesthetics, perfect color palettes, and intricate tableaux of actors." - Taryn Allen, Chicago Reader


"If you come to The French Dispatch loving Anderson, there's much to continue loving here." - Sara Stewart, Book & Film Globe


"Directorial popinjay Wes Anderson presents an anthological collection of stories carried along by his reliably delightful aesthetic and a typically stacked cast all clearly having fun." - Dominic Corry, New Zealand Herald


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