The French Dispatch

The French Dispatch ★★

LFF 2021 - FIRST LOOK

Undoubtedly, one the weakest entries into Wes Anderson’s filmography, and the reason due to this is a clear case of self-interested ego. This is as ego-centric as one could imagine in context of character, aesthetics and structure. The writing in The French Dispatch is both comedic and immersive but that very immersion leads to such little eventual interest with the material incredibly flat and lifeless. Del Toro and Seydoux aside, there is zero emotive connection with the material at hand aside from the occasional comedic moment in each tale, of which perhaps two are strong. If anything the interconnected anthology is the key to the issue and while it thinks it is being extravagant and avant-garde (that final chase sequence is in fact outstanding) it really is a simplistic and void venture at times, with little on offer.

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