The French Dispatch Review


Matthew O'leary, Staff Writer

Director Wes Anderson’s newest film The French Dispatch is one his most ambitious projects yet. Anderson’s catalog is known for its idiosyncratic storytelling and directing style, and longtime fans of his work are sure to be pleased by the whimsical world of The French Dispatch. This film stands out among his previous stories since there are three distinct subplots that briefly intertwine. This film includes actors from Anderson’s usual star-studded cast: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman. The most outstanding performances, however, are given by Timothée Chalamet, Frances McDormand, and Benecio del Toro, all of whom are the protagonists of different subplots. The French Dispatch’s unconventional organization with three diverging storylines make it somewhat difficult to follow, but the impressive, playful cinematography throughout the film alone is enough to make it worth the watch. Those new to Anderson’s work and longtime fans alike will be captivated by powerful acting, storytelling, and ingenuity prevalent throughout The French Dispatch.