Kierre's Review of The French Dispatch 2021 ★★½


Watched Nov 26, 2021

The French Dispatch is the latest Wes Anderson film about an American Newspaper located in a fictional part of France and centered around the head of the Newspaper played by Bill Murray. After his death a group of Journalists and writers for the paper, come together to write a series of stories for what appears to the last edition. The film, as is typical of a Wes Anderson film, has many A list stars including Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Owen Wilson, Liev Schreiber, Elisabeth Moss, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Christoph Waltz, and Jason Schwartzman.

There are about 4 short stories in this film which is a little different from most Wes Anderson films; however some stories are more interesting than others. Wes Anderson films have always been a bit, hit or miss for me and one of the issues I have with this film is that is overtly Wes Anderson. The same quirky characters and quirky humor that you will get in all of his films. Only this one wasn't as funny or as interesting as most in my opinion. It wasn't a bad film by any means, but definitely not one of his best.

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