The French Dispatch

The French Dispatch ★★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

5 things:

Jeffrey Wright plays a variation of James Baldwin who is fascinated with writing about food and has a photographic memory and I don’t think there is a more me character out there. The chefs description of a Taste made me tear up. Some of Wes’ best work and I hope Jeffrey gets his recognition.

Adrien Brody and Tilda Swinton give incredibly fun “super acting” Performances which are my 2 favorite things this year.

Benicio Del Toros monologue about slowly poisoning himself on mouth wash and wanting to change his direction or else he will commit suicide was truly wonderful. Amazing depth.

The Timothee Chalamet story was the weakest of the 3 but I did really enjoy when he was describing his romance with the French girl.

This is some of Bob Yeomans best work and use of the form was super well done. Loved how the animation came into play not only from an aesthetic perspective but also from a budgetary moviemaking perspective. The fact that you don’t need to spend a billion dollars to make the scenes you want truly captured a really wonderful moviemaking spirit and the aspect ratio/color shifts for the paintings and the blue eyes were exceptional uses of standard shifts.

And 1 thing more:
I didn’t get fully involved until after the Owen Wilson segment. Kinda went too fast for my brain and felt a little discombobulated and although I don’t think as a whole work this is faultless, the best moments carry the lesser moments so well. Could also be that this movie is entering my life as I go through my Anthology Vignette phase lol

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