The French Dispatch movie review - Aussieboyreviews

IS THE FRENCH DISPATCH JUST QUIRKY ENTERTAINMENT BY WES ANDERSON?

You must be at least a fan of Wes Anderson to enjoy this funny and quirky, but flat and empty movie. The stories in The French Dispatch are just easy entertainment, without any deep messages or seriousness.

Storyline

A love letter to journalists set in a small area of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city that brings a group of funny stories published in “The French Dispatch Magazine” to life.

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Movie details

Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Bill Murray, Timothée Chalamet, Owen Wilson, Frances McDormand
Writer: Wes Anderson
Release Date (Australia): 14 November 2021
Runtime: 108 minutes/1h 48m
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Language: English, French

CONTENT GUIDE (WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)

Themes (PG)

Thematic elements include references to crime, murder and suicide.

Violence (PG)

The film includes a comedic scene of implied decapitation that is accompanied by a small blood spatter.

Coarse Language (M)

The film includes several uses of coarse language, including the words “f**k”, “s**t” and “ass”.

Drug Use (G)

The film features verbal references to people being “junkies”.

Nudity (M)

The film contains female full frontal and buttocks nudity.

Sex (M)

The film contains several verbal sexual references including use of the word “f**k” in a sexual context and implied sex scenes.

mpaa rating

R (for graphic nudity, some sexual references and language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

You have to be a true Wes Anderson fan to at least slightly enjoy these tales, empty with messages and only for comedic entertainment purposes. Obviously, if you know you already hate his previous films, you’re gonna wish you just skipped and hadn’t seen this one. It may seem harsh, but it’s totally easy to describe it as “nothing”.

The cast consists of several well-known actors and actresses, some who the camera lands on for longer or much shorter than others. We don’t see too much of Bill Murray, or even the nearly unforeseeable appearance of Elisabeth Moss, but we witness Benicio del Toro for a lengthy period of time. They’re definitely good at delivering non-serious and just completely quirky and witty character personalities.

It’s hard to describe The French Dispatch’s actual storyline, considering it’s set in a fictional French city and is composed together with small stories. Considering it’s not something you should pay hard attention to, and should just sit back, watch, laugh and enjoy it, it’s probably best that it was executed by Wes Anderson even though it’s still forgettable and empty. But there’s not meant to be any morals or messages, which many will despise.

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