The French Disappointment

Yasmin Dennis

Wes Anderson’s most recent film, The French Dispatch, consists of several storylines that bring articles from The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun to life. Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, and Adrien Brody all star in this movie, as per usual to Wes Anderson’s films. New to the Wes Anderson scene, Benicio Del Toro and Timothée Chalamet, expertly play their roles as an agonized imprisoned painter and a young French Revolutionary, respectively. Although this film recreates Wes Anderson’s recognizable and unique cinematic style, it fails to replicate the flow of Anderson’s previous movies. As someone who has seen the majority of Anderson’s ten films, I went into The French Dispatch expecting a dramatic love story or the tale of a comedic oddball. However, the characters and plot of The French Dispatch failed to meet my expectations. Anderson has called this film “a love letter to journalists,” and although I agree with this statement, this supposed love letter is choppy and at times hard to follow. Ann Hornaday, a Rotten Tomatoes critic claims that “Anderson seems far more interested in concocting his dollhouse world than inhabiting it with messy human feelings,” and I couldn’t agree more. Despite these flaws, I must admit that the visuals and soundtrack of this film were incredible. Wes Anderson is planning on releasing a new film titled Asteroid City in the near future, and I hope that this movie revives Wes Anderson’s classic yet eccentric narrative filled with loveable characters and a stimulating story.