The French Dispatch

The French Dispatch ★★★★

Watching this felt like starting a new magazine to me, because I often have the same experience; I'm intrigued, confused, overwhelmed, fascinated, occasionally disengaged but always with the sensation that I'm doing something constructive and helpful by reading it. Wes truly has made his own cinematic zine here with its satisfying geometric columns telling their own micro-stories around the big and important ones. The del Toro/Seydoux/Brody stretch gave me so much life, I sort of checked out of Chalamet/McDormand, but was won back over by Wright's sad action-packed farce. Might be better than Grand Budapest? Difficult to say, because I'll either be more moved by this as time goes on or infinitely more annoyed. Tricky one, let's see.

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