The French Dispatch Review


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Carter Crouch, Reporter

The newest film from the infamous director Wes Anderson gives everyone more of what they love from the directors’ distinct style with a surprisingly emotional and slightly mature twist. The French Dispatch released in United States theaters on October 22, 2021 and is exclusively playing in theaters.

The film follows the story of a small French newspaper publishing office as they begin to write their final issue due to the death of their founder and head editor Arthur Howitzer Jr. played by Bill Murray. In this film you will see a selection of small, contained, and satisfying plots that represent each segment in the post. If you don’t like the art segment that follows the turmoils of a prison inmate who is an incredibly gifted painter, played by Benicio Del Toro, then maybe you will enjoy the Food segment that follows the convoluted and detailed plot of the kidnapping of a child only to be rescued by a skilled chef.

The movie oozes with Wes Anderson’s classic camera movement and composition which can be a double-edged sword depending on your taste. If you enjoy Wes Anderson’s previous projects then you will enjoy his newest addition, but if you are hoping for Anderson to try something new and step out of his comfort zone, then this film might be disappointing. This film is just more of Wes Anderson which is exactly what I had hoped for. With all of this in mind I give this film a 4 out of 5 shields.