Wes Anderson’s films are intricate little universes, each a playground of impeccable production design and delightfully droll characters. With The French Dispatch, he pays homage to the literary world of The New Yorker, imagining the rich history of a long-running fictional American publication in France by way of vignettes about different writers at work on their most enduring pieces. Fans of The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel will relish the director’s attention to detail, while enjoying keenly idiosyncratic performances from the likes of Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton, and Jeffrey Wright. Visually, this may be Anderson’s most dazzlingly dense creation, with one viewing hardly sufficient to absorb all the jokes, cultural references, and stylistic tricks on display. Journalism may be under attack in the modern age, but The French Dispatch makes the case for that venerable institution’s artistry and importance—finding poignancy and humor along the way. –Tim Grierson
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Wes Anderson made his feature debut in 1996 with Bottle Rocket, and quickly established himself as a singular auteur of contemporary cinema. He has made eight live-action and two animated features to date. He has received seven Oscar® nominations, for Best Animated Feature Film for Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) and Isle of Dogs (2018); for Best Original Screenplay for The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and Moonrise Kingdom (2012); and Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture for The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
Wes Anderson (screenplay and story), Jason Schwartzman (story), Roman Coppola (story), Hugo Guinness (story)