The only negative that I can say about this is that the vignette structure robs the film of emotional heft and doesn’t really allow to get a real sense of The French Dispatch as an ‘institution’. But this barely matters because Anderson is at his densest, funniest and most visually daring. Dude is hella specific. Best I’ve seen from him in a while.
1) Will Ferrell’s Zoolander character was the inspiration for Ben Affleck’s look. Change my mind
2) Damon’s mullet was certainly a choice.
3) I totally would watch an entire movie with Alex Lawther playing an unstable monarch
4) The story is interesting but the narrative approach here is rather un-dynamic. The ‘shifting perspectives’ structure causes repetition that slows the pace down to a drag. While it’s never boring, the film could have easily been an hour shorter
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
While I found watching this to be an engaging experience, the film itself isn’t very good. More specifically, the writing isn’t very good, for several reasons:
1) The characters are paper thin. They’re merely ciphers through which Fennel projects specifc ‘types’ that get brought up in rape culture discussions (the ‘good’ guy, the enablers, the passive witnesses, etc)’. This is the most glaring in Bo Burnham’s character whose entire function is to deconstruct the myth of the ‘good guy’ (then…