The French Dispatch (2021)

Starring Benicio del Toro, Adrian Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Jeffrey Wright, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Owen Wison, Christopher Waltz, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, and Anjelica Houston.

There are directors that just by knowing that he is involved, you know what you’re into. I have not seen all the films by Wes Anderson, but I have seen a few and know that his film is not the typical film, and I don’t mean this in a bad way.

For this film, the story is made up of three different stories that are held together as they are part of a magazine. The film begins with the story of how the magazine The French Dispatcher was formed by Arthur Howitzer. And as they try to write the final issue, the four stories being considered are then told. One story is about a painter that is in jail, the other story follows a reporter covering a student revolution, the third one tells the story of how one reporter attends a private dinner with the Commissaire of Ennui.

I have to start by saying that I like Anderson’s films. Rushmore was a very good film. One of my favorite films of all time is the Royal Tenenbaums and Life Aquatic was also a good film. I have not gotten around to seeing other films but I want to. I did not want to miss this one and when it started it had the same Royal feeling in that it had a narrator. With Anderson one thing is sure, you are going to see an original film, both visually and the story or the way it is told. I liked the movie a lot. The different stories all were interesting, creative, and fun to see. It is a very artistic film in all senses and I guess not everyone will like it, but I did find it entertaining.

Anderson, like Scorsese, has his set of actors who are almost always present. Bill Murray is in this film and has worked with Anderson before, so has Willem Dafoe, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, and Angelica Houston who is the narrator. But this film has an amazing cast. I loved Benicia del Toro as the painter, but it is hard to single anyone out because each actor and character shined in their way. There are so many characters and so many great actors in the film. If you enjoy great ensembles in films, this is a good one.

As I said, I can’t say this film is for everyone because of the style of the film. But if you are familiar with Anderson’s work, I know you will enjoy the movie.

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