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The French Dispatch Movie Review : Wes Anderson

Anubhav Chakraborty

March 07, 2022 2 min read

Movie : The French Dispatch the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun

Director : Wes Anderson


The French Dispatch is a film written, directed and produced by Wes Anderson. It released in the year 2021. It follows the trajectory of an anthology. It can also be categorised as a comedy film. He wrote the screenplay  with Roman Coppola, Hugo Guinness and Jason Schwartzman. The movie dazzles with a stellar ensemble. The narrative has three distinct storylines. In the meantime the French foreign bureau of the fictional Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun newspaper is on its way to create its final issue.

The title of the first storyline is “The Concrete Masterpiece”. It gyrates around the life of an incarcerated and unstable painter. The cast in this particular storyline include names like Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton and Léa Seydoux. 

The second storyline is titled “Revisions to a Manifesto”. It is inspired by the May 68 student protests. The actors in this particular storyline include names like Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, and Lyna Khoudri. 

The third storyline is titled “The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner”. It features Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, and Stephen Park. The narrative follows the kidnapping of a police commisioner’s son. 

Bill Murray plays the role of Arthur Howitzer Jr who is the editor of the paper. Owen Wilson plays a cameo where the fictional setting of Ennui-sur-Blase is introduced. 

Wes Anderson called it a “love letter to journalists.” 

The movie received positive reviews. 

The performances in the movie are noteworthy and the story is an impeccably told tale surrounding occurences both serious and playful, full of colours and dark, enticing and repugnant, all told through the perspectives of a few skilled individuals with magical visions.

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