The French Dispatch is a 2021 film directed by Wes Anderson with the usual amazing cast that he manages to assemble in every movie he makes. The endless list of actors and actresses includes Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Benicio Del Toro, Adrien Brody, Saoirse Ronan, Thimotée Chalamet, Willem Defoe, Edward Norton, Angelica Huston… and so on. At practically every scene, expect to exclaim “Nooooo! Look who’s there!” as soon as a door or a window opens.
The excuse to have all these people together is constituted by three episodes representing the three articles of the latest issue of a fictional magazine split between the city of Ennui, France, and Liberty, Kansas. Each article tells a surreal story that happened in Ennui, but it all begins with the introduction of the town by a journalist on a bicycle (Fisher Stevens), and ends with the obituary for the death of the editor (Bill Murray).
The first episode (probably my favorite of the lot) is about the life of the crazy artist Moses Rosenthal (Benicio Del Toro) and his relationship with the art dealer called Cadazio (Adrien Brody). The second episode shows the crazy student protests led by young Zeffirelli (Timothée Chalamet) and Juliette (Lyna Khoudri). Finally, the third (and certainly the most dynamic) deals with a bizarre police operation to free the son (Winsen Ait Hellal) of the commissioner (Mathieu Amalric) from the clutches of the gang of the criminal played by Edward Norton.
When I went to the cinema, I wasn’t feeling very well due to a sore throat and an otitis (and for this I thank my two and a half year old son who’s a nothing less than a virus carrier). A film like The French Dispatch assaults you at a frenetic pace with dialogues that range at will between French and English and with scenes which are full of details: not the best movie to watch in my conditions.
That said, Wes Anderson undoubtedly made another highly recognizable product, with its color palette, its cast, its symmetries, its absurd dialogues, and its surreal stories.
If you like the style of the director from Houston, Texas, you will enjoy this movie without a shadow of a doubt. If you didn’t like the various Isle of Dogs (2018), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and Moonrise Kingdom (2012), just to mention his most recent works, The French Dispatch won’t change your mind about my favorite Anderson (Wes). In fact, I guess we didn’t thank enough the genius Polly Platt (Peter Bogdanovich’s first wife) for letting the world enjoy the talent of this director. Ciao!
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