“The French Dispatch” Review


The French Dispatch was listed as the best film of 2021 by the website “In Review Online”. It wasn’t nominated for an Oscar or an Academy Award. I would describe this movie as beautiful, genius, eye opening, wonderful and symmetrical. Not only is it full of interesting turns, it’s exaggerated, funny and entertaining. The cast is all far beyond proficiency in their acting, which makes this movie effortlessly interesting. As you’re watching, you can almost imagine the stage directions that were given right before the scene.

The only drawback of watching a collection of short stories is that each ends somewhat abruptly. The stories take place in a prison, in houses, apartments, offices, on streets and on bikes. The article on the same website (“In Review Online”) says that perhaps a reason it wasn’t well recieved by a lot of audiences is because of how ‘twee’ the movie is, which, according to Merriam-Webster means “affectedly or excessively dainty, delicate, cute or quaint.” I found that it was this way a little bit, but quite a few movies are. I rate it 9/10. The director is Wes Anderson and the cast includes Owen Wilson, Léa Seydoux, Adrien Brody, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Timothée Chalamet.