The French Dispatch Movie Review

THE FRENCH DISPATCH. Photo Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2020 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

The French Dispatch Is The Movie We’ve Been Waiting For

With movies hitting theater screens at a pace that is hard to keep up with – there seem to be a lot of hits and misses along the way. With the backlog caused by the pandemic, moviegoers are met with films that are either bloated in time, have a limited audience, or are not what they expected (and hoped for).

So when The French Dispatch trailers hit the screen, we knew we were in for something a bit differently. The film, directed by Wes Anderson, we expected to be a bit quirky and fun – but we didn’t know just how much we needed that change in pace right now.

Bill Murray and Pablo Pauly in the film THE FRENCH DISPATCH. Photo Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2020 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

The French Dispatch is a story told in four parts. The first is the story that ties them all together and then three stories that are featured in this small town’s international paper insert. It takes you to Paris and a fictional commune of Ennui-sur-Blasé where fantastical things happen. From student riots to prison art shows and super sleuth kidnapping. The stories are unconventional, eccentric, and a bit peculiar – but that’s part of their charm. They take the viewer on an adventure unlike others we’ve seen and ones that we can enjoy.

THE FRENCH DISPATCH. Photo Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2020 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

But it’s not just the stories that are artful and interesting. The whole movie is a piece of art using color to paint the story and tie them all together. The bright yellow can be seen through every story when it is not in black and white, and the use of color in each of the three stories is only used when making a point. With narrators that have the perfect tone for storytelling – the movie is ready to take you on these adventures you won’t forget. It’s a nice break from the superheroes, the wars, and dark movies that often dominate the screen and will have you laughing at how absurd moments are in the film.

(From L-R): Elisabeth Moss, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Fisher Stevens and Griffin Dunne in the film THE FRENCH DISPATCH. Photo Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2020 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

The French Dispatch is irreverent, quirky and artsy. In short, the movie is perfectly entertaining and something you’ll want to watch again looking for the small artistic nods and details woven throughout the story. With one overarching theme, the movie takes the viewers on journeys they didn’t know they could go on – and will keep you captivated throughout the whole film. While completely an art piece come to life, The French Dispatch will be in theaters on October 22nd and will delight moviegoers with it’s quirky, and sometimes odd stories.

Overall Review:

Five Star Review

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About The French Dispatch:

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.

Starring Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson.

Directed by Wes Anderson

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