Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch



Clementine Gigot, Reporter

For those of you who have seen The Grand Budapest Hotel, be prepared to be wowed again. And for those of you who haven’t seen it, be ready to experience the genius of the director Wes Andesron. 

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) may be considered as one of Wes Anderson’s best movies. Showing at the same time cruelty and human nonsense, the director achieved to make funny but meaningful movies. Some may think that Anderson’s style is “weird’, but each detail is sought to transform the movie into a piece of art. 

This past February 12, sticking to his signature symmetrical shots and very saturated colors, the famous director revealed the plotline of The French Dispatch, released on July 24, with a complex trailer.

I haven’t seen the movie, but the trailer is intriguing and well-made. It remains ambiguous and leaves the viewer wanting to know more. The movie is about a magazine called The French Dispatch, a “factual weekly report on the subject of world politics, the arts – high and low – and diverse stories of human interest”, as described in the trailer. The movie stages some of the different stories featured in the eponymous magazine and seems to be centered on three storylines – an artist sentenced to life in prison, students riots, and a kidnapping by a chef. 

The cast itself is a reason to watch it. The French Dispatch stars Bill Murray (Ghostbusters), as the editor of the magazine, and many other actors known to have played in multiple Wes Anderson’s movies like Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange), Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers), Adrien Brody (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Mathieu Amalric (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Léa Seydoux (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Frances McDormand (Fargo) and Edward Norton (Fight Club). 

The movie also stars actors new to Wes Anderson’s movies, such as Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) or Benicio Del Toro (Guardians Of The Galaxy). It has also been the occasion for the young Timothée Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan (Little Women) to play in a third movie together and confirm their friendship and complicity.

Once again, the now well-known director creates a unique world, staying true to his own style. Qualified as a visual genius, he shows how he can play with colors, this time by also using black and white. The linear and symmetrical shots make his movies even more peculiar. The story, set in 20th century France, seems like it is removed from time and happened in another location, somewhere else in Europe, although it was shot in Angoulême, France.

Wes Anderson strikes again with The French Dispatch, and leaves his fans eager to watch the new movie.