Cinematary’s review published on Letterboxd:
It’s pretty easy to dismiss director Wes Anderson’s work as window dressing or dollhouses with lots of intricacy but not much depth. But that would be misreading a lot of his work.
A lot of his best recent work — Moonrise Kingdom, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Grand Budapest Hotel and his latest, The French Dispatch — are all attuned to a melancholic nostalgia for a rose-colored past. Whether that’s a fair assessment of time or not, these films feel reflective of a specific time for specific people rather than a wide-ranging view of the period for most people.
The same can be said about the response to Anderson’s films. Especially with The French Dispatch, the director has pivoted into a love it or hate it period of his career. The end product of Dispatch feels meticulously coordinated to Anderson’s sensibilities, almost becoming a parody of his own career. But at the same time, this effect feels arcane in a medium that’s theatrical output has favored a ubiquitous visual palette rather than individuality.
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