The New Wes Anderson Flick

The French Dispatch, Wes Anderson’s newest creation, hit the UKs cinemas on the 22nd of October. It may be the most star-studded cast that has hit the screens this year featuring the likes of Timothée Chalamet, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss and Willem Dafoe amongst a multitude of others (there are A LOT of people in this film).

Without giving too much away, The French Dispatch is a montage of short films categorised into four acts, a narrative which is seen in a few of the filmmaker’s past pictures. A new group of actors portray the different stories that are featured in the edition of a small newspaper: The French Dispatch. The paper is based in the fictional location Ennui-sur-Blasé (The name translates literally to Boredom-upon-Jaded) a quirky town based on a blend of metropolitan cities such as Paris and Lyon and the French provinces. The actual publication itself is an homage to The New Yorker, a magazine Anderson has been collecting since his youth.

As always expected from the auteur, the cinematography is stunning. There’s animation, black and white as well as the signature colour grading Wes Anderson is known for, there’s really something for everyone. The story arcs of the film are dramatically french, poetic (if not slightly pretentious) yet comedic. Archetypal tropes from classic dramas such as the tortured artist, rebellious students and the kidnap and ransom of a wealthy man’s son are included. Whether you’re a film fan, really liked Fantastic Mr Fox, or just fancy going to the cinema to see something new, you won’t be disappointed.

Rosa Macvicar