The French Dispatch

7.31 h 47 min2021X-RayR
Wes Anderson’s THE FRENCH DISPATCH brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city. It stars Benicio Del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Bill Murray & Owen Wilson.
Wes Anderson
Benicio Del ToroAdrien BrodyTilda Swinton
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Léa SeydouxFrances McDormandTimothée ChalametLyna KhoudriJeffrey WrightMathieu AmalricStephen ParkBill MurrayOwen WilsonBob BalabanHenry WinklerLois SmithTony RevoloriDenis MénochetLarry PineMorgane PolanskiFélix MoatiMohamed BelhadjineNicolas AvineéChristoph WaltzCécile de FranceGuillaume GallienneRupert FriendAlex LawtherTom HudsonLily TaïebStéphane BakHippolyte GirardotLiev SchreiberWillem DafoeEdward NortonSaoirse RonanWinsen Ait HellalMauricette CoudivatDamien BonnardRodolphe PaulyAntonia DesplatElisabeth MossJason SchwartzmanFisher StevensGriffin DunnePablo PaulyWally WolodarskyAnjelica Bette FelliniAnjelica HustonGilles GauthierNahel BahnasAkim BahnasAntoine Foo CheungFrancois Foo CheungSamy Guerry GhindriFelicien MaraisNathanael MarfinBasile VinueasEvelyne ChapeauPaula KvasnikoffVallier VaudinAndré CoussyHassane HaimoudPauline ChadansonCarlotta CostanziMauricette GenonChristelle GrelierRachel Merabet HrdySara LacroixDelphine LandrieauLouise LaveuveKylian FreslonMeermout DidierNicolas SaadaYannick MazzilliGuillaume MaillandJean-Pierre GrassetVictor NicolasJean DelabreFrançois-Pierre FolBruno TorresJean-Louis VerdierGrégory TrouvéLoîc BaxasEliel FordMathéo Sallat DesvardDominique BarrierPascal ChampareauSacha SeguinJacky VallantinDomingos EnricoAbdel Nour BouazaFanny RebufficJuliette RaffrayLou LamprosOdile FougèreCôme LouryVictor PiechaudCharlie RosserMathys RaynaudThomas Poirson
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J. BranReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Early Anderson fans might not enjoy
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I'm a huge Wes Anderson fan. I especially love his first five films. Those early films really drew me in and I connected and fell in love with those characters and stories. I've watched The French Dispatch 4 times now and I just can't connect with it like I could Wes's previous films.

The French Dispatch consists of 5 short stories written and told by writers of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun newspaper. For me the majority of the stories aren't really interesting and we dont spend enough time with the writers or their subjects to feel any kind of connection to them.

I've heard several people mention that this movie is a tribute of sorts to the writers at the New Yorker, and if you're not into that then you might not like this film. I definitely agree with that opinion as I know nothing about the New Yorker and have no interest in it. That might be a reason this movie didn't do anything for me.
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MKPJKPReviewed in the United States on December 19, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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An anthology of meaningless societal angst from mid 20th century France. An incoherent, Postmodernist rambling, that tries for melancholy nostalgia but is far closer in flavor to the name of the fictional French town in the movie... Ennui-sur-Blasé (boredom-on-apathy).
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VoltaireReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
Sadly Pretentious
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I am a long time fan of Wes Anderson and his style of film making. I was very eager to watch this film. I love the world he creates and the characters he introduces us to within it. This film is a series vignettes. We get less time with the characters he develops but it is still good. Great cast. Well written and acted as one would expect.

Most of the film is shot in 4:3 aspect ratio and switches back and forth from that. The same goes for black and white. The film is largely shot in black and white and switches to color periodically. This is awful. It does nothing for the story. 4:3 aspect ratio and black and white are hallmarks of garbage film making. Using them adds no value and comes off as pretentious film making. The colorful world that Wes usually creates is stolen from us and the 4:3 aspect ratio only makes that more apparent. It actually angered me at times because it took away from an otherwise well done piece.

Wes Anderson fans will watch this because we love his work. I can't recommend it to anyone else. Please get off this Wes.
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RSReviewed in the United States on January 1, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
A lot of style but no substance
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The French Dispatch has a great cast. But, it is pointless incomprehensible chaos. Other than the opportunity to see some actors whom you might like to see, there is nothing to care about in this movie. Stylistically and visually, it is clearly recognizable as a Wes Anderson movie, which can be interesting, quirky, charming and even touching, like many of his other movies. This movie is just irritating.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Didn't deliver on potential
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As soon as this film begins you know you’re in a Wes Anderson film. There’s an animated sequence of a paper mill and then a shot of the French Dispatch building in France. These have all the trademarks of Anderson’s style such as the distinct colors. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to that introduction.

The movie is made up of a series of short stories each focusing upon a different character. I found them a bit up and down. The first is the shortest and the best. It’s a travel journal around the town the French Dispatch is located in by Owen Wilson. He gets chased by choir boys while commenting upon the prostitutes and gigolos who come out at night. The next one with Benicio Del Toro is also very good mixing art, love and madness. The rest were too inconsistent. One about a student revolt for instance seemed like it had great potential but never delivered. That dragged down the entire film.
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V. A. StevensReviewed in the United States on January 1, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Quirky, silly movie with lots going on. I rewatched it and laughed harder.
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Pay attention. My husband and I laughed all through this gem. When we watched it a second time we got into one of those laughing fits where you can't breathe. Everything was done well. The story, actors, scenery, background action, sideways visual jokes are all delightful. I will rewatch it with xray and catch more jokes.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Cinematography at it's best! Wes delivers another visual bouquet. The sounds and description of scents so detailed, it left me confused of my whereabouts. The characters and narrators, although unique and vivid, welcomed me like an old friend. It was an absolute pleasure to experience!
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Paul TruebaReviewed in the United States on January 9, 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
Weakest of all Anderson's movies by far
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Other than some visuals this doesn't even feel like a Wes Anderson movie. Perhaps it is due to the fact the the stories and characters that end up being the most interesting are once removed from the overarching story of the newsroom writers, who I genuinely cared nothing for. The only vignette that I can recall in detail after watching this is the Benicio Del Toro one which is also the only story that retains Anderson's usual trademark of the triumph, in one way or another, of the underdog. The other stories were just immediately forgettable and it even felt like his normal roster of actors were wasted throughout. Owen Wilson is one of the writers but I really can't remember a thing from his story other than he rode a bike; Francis McDormand is horribly unlikable and her segment just results in things happening for seemingly no reason; Jeffrey Wright's section is one more time removed from the main thread so he's a writer telling a story about himself telling a story about an event. The movie trends much more towards cartooney than his other films which have quirky characters and surreal events and encounters but it's all grounded in some kind of Wes Anderson rules. This movie switches everything up depending on the story which makes sense given that it's from different people's perspectives and imaginations, but it doesn't serve to hold any of this together in the same manner as he's done in the past. It feels disjointed and there is just too much going on to the point where once you've even had the opportunity to enjoy a piece of this and get to know the characters you are immediately being rushed out of the door and forced into new seats for a different movie that you really didn't sign up to watch. It is honestly probably better than most things out in the past decade but as an Anderson movie it falls very short of where it should be.
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