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The French Dispatch

7.21 h 47 min202115
Wes Anderson’s THE FRENCH DISPATCH brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city. It stars Benicio Del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Bill Murray & Owen Wilson.
Wes Anderson
Benicio Del ToroAdrien BrodyTilda Swinton
English [CC]
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3.9 out of 5 stars

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BeyondtheseacoastReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 December 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
So Disappointing! NOT RECOMMENDED
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Of course we are a fan of Wes Andersen's previous movies. But this, this is awful. First this is not a movie. it is a catalogue of short clips. it has no stories, no emotion. Small jokes here and there. A huge cast but to do what? The fact that no one dares saying that this movie is bullshit shows the hypocrisy of this field. It reminds of The Emperor's New Clothes. Don't waste time watching the Unwatchable.
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R. WalkerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 December 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
I wanted to like this, I really did.
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Some of my favourite films are by Wes Anderson and I'd been keenly awaiting this release. Sadly I was disappointed and found it a most 'punchable' movie. It has all the Wes Anderson hallmarks but the Dialog is trying too hard and is over clever to the point of being difficult to follow.

The Imagery is cool but Black and White scenes are overused which when added to the slowness of pace makes for a lot of patience. It never really picks up.

Wes usually makes good use of a quirky soundtrack but by the 3rd story it just feels out of sync with the film.

A really stellar Cast and good performances but it didn't engage and was a struggle to watch to the end.

I'm going to watch Steve Zizzou and Hotel Budapest. Not sure I'll come back to this one.
3 people found this helpful
C.C.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Charming and Well Written
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I would first like to start out by saying that I found this movie to be very well written and unpredictable. I enjoyed the short stories and the way the screen writers were able to make the characters come alive in such brief order. I do believe that this is why the dialogue was written this way.

Secondly, I feel that this movie is very Wes Anderson and one of his best works, the first being Moonrise Kingdom succinctly followed by The Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Third and lastly, I don’t consider myself a person of incredible intellectual prowess, but I didn’t have any trouble understanding this film.

Give it a try. I chuckled quite a bit.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
It’s a Wes Anderson movie
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One of my all time top five films is The Grand Budapest Hotel. This has that same cut and thrust and bags of charm. Three stories revolving around an established French periodical. What I love particularly about his films is the dialogue. Snappy and direct with great use of restraint so what you get are just enough words to tell the story. The rest is done with clever set and imagined scenery. Get The Fantastic Mr Fox for the kids. He’s just a brilliant story teller.
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Mr. Richard I. CalvertReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 May 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Avant Garde
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"Ennui rises suddenly on a Monday" says the narrator (Owen Wilson) and in front of use we see a completely silent French street immediately some to comical life in Wes Anderson's fictional French city set sometimes in the mid Twentieth century in one of the stories inspired by historical editions of the New Yorker. This sort of thing is for me charming and delightful and much of the film consists of such contrivances. Wes Anderson seems more committed to following his aesthetic and inspirational muses in this film than in previous ones, although all have a special flavour. Some have found this too strong for their tastes, but I have watched this several times (I think 3 or 4) and I still enjoy all the delightful montages which flash across the screen too fast to fully absorb in one viewing.
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DanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 January 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Literally just for pretentious people
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I loved some of Wes Anderson's previous films, but this is a film designed for people who pretend to enjoy haute-culture. It is peak out-of-touch elitist with no plot and vignettes that didn't actually paint a portrait of the annoyingly titled "Ennui-sur-Blasé" City.

Small "blagues" such as the name "Ennui-sur-Blasé" are the type of jokes Orwell warned us about in Politics and the English Language, as is much of the film (of course, those words are words in English, too, so the pretentious fools who think they're in on the joke for being cosmopolitan enough to speak a few words of French are actually themselves the joke. Sadly, I don't think this irony was intentional). The whole thing reeks of trying too hard to appeal to the New Yorker tote bag class, most of whom, no doubt, do not actually read the New Yorker. Avoid.
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PmjdReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 December 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not Wes' best film
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I have enjoyed a number of Wes Anderson films, and this one is packed with people that I like, but overall it is a poor experience. Don't bother is my summary. The cast, which should be fabulous, wanders around in a daze most of the time.

About the only redeeming feature is the funny way in which France is treated, with much affection and love.
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Mr PuffinReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 December 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent but not Anderson's best
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We watched streamed version of French Dispatch yesterday, couldn't wait for DVD any longer. Very good (as expected) but not as good IMHO as Budapest Hotel. I didn’t think his best as some reviewers are saying but definitely an event and a usual distinct WA style. Potmentau delivery of stories that were ok but nothing distinctive. Enjoyable deja vu. Not enough Bill Murray though :-(
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