The French Dispatch

The French Dispatch ★★★½

With self-evident skills in an eclectic range of filmmaking modes, it’s strange that Wes Anderson feels as though he must stick to a list of such rigid formalities, from his range of recurring cast members to his somewhat derivative stories. The French Dispatch is an endearing, if plodding, travelogue of ideas and concepts that feels more like a scrapbook rather than a cohesive complete anthology. It’s by no means an illegible effort, though it does feel like the scribblings of an artist restricted by his own creative indulgence.