The French Dispatch

The French Dispatch ★★★★½

Much like the movie itself, I find the discourse that has erupted about Wes Anderson due to this film both hilarious and heartbreaking. Wes’ films are the work of a true artist with a firm grasp on form, storytelling techniques and his own worldview and The French Dispatch might just be his best work in almost two decades.

This is truly the first time that I feel like Wes has truly invited his audience in intimately to understand his worldview; a swirling liberated hurricane of people, places, stories and ideas strung together through love, sex, action, tragedy and good food. It’s as real as the world can get with him toying with artifice at every possible turn. The result is a loving bittersweet tantalizing ode to stranger than fiction narratives made to help each other understand the vastness between us. Not to mention that this also just the funniest movie I’ve seen all year. Felt great to be in a packed theater where everyone laughed out loud.

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