Wes Anderson’s ‘The French Dispatch’ Dazzles Cannes with Timothee Chalamet, a Party Bus and a 9-Minute Standing Ovation https://t.co/KwndEVPb17— Variety (@Variety) July 12, 2021
Wes Anderson, a longtime expatriate denizen of Paris, has made his latest film (and first live action film in seven years) about American journalists reporting abroad in France, and the first reactions and reviews from its Cannes premiere are very positive. Some critics do note that they feel the anthology format of The French Dispatch is less emotionally engaging than they might have hoped (though that's always something people debate with Anderson's films), but basically every review praises the aesthetics, and most reviews are onboard overall.
Regular audiences will have to wait until late October to see it, alas.
‘The French Dispatch’ Review: Wes Anderson’s Dizzyingly Intricate Homage to 20th-Century Newsmen and Women https://t.co/pIg2aVllXT— Variety (@Variety) July 12, 2021
Wes Anderson’s ‘The French Dispatch’: Film Review | Cannes 2021 https://t.co/veNnxzc8Gu— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) July 12, 2021
The French Dispatch: an exhilarating, overwhelming caper (in a good way). Visually bombastic with a script as whip fast as His Girl Friday. In need of many encores. The kind of film you want to jump into Sherlock Jr style. #Cannes2021 pic.twitter.com/ZepGDTbyJg— Isabel Stevens (@IsStevens) July 12, 2021
The French Dispatch is a flood of words and details, you can be overwhelmed or just go with it and get swept away. This is a pretty big statement but it's the best-looking film Wes Anderson has ever made; mixing black-and-white, animation, pastels, miniatures, and even sexuality.— Brian Formo is at #Cannes (@BrianFormo) July 12, 2021
THE FRENCH DISPATCH: Wes Anderson at his most visually inventive and least emotionally involving. anthologies will do that to ya. starts strong (Jacques Tati! Dirty Tilda! Benicio doing the mr fox growl a lot), peters out as it goes. fun enough to be worthy of an editor’s burial.— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) July 12, 2021
THE FRENCH DISPATCH might be Wes Anderson’s most eye-popping, visually stunning film yet. The production design is out of this world. I didn’t get much out of the story or characters at all. But it’s still so amusing and fun to watch. #Cannes2021 pic.twitter.com/F0g9a64DPM— The Cannes Expert (@expert_oscar) July 12, 2021
THE FRENCH DISPATCH: a delectable tribute to journalism. packs so many intricate and eccentric details into the milieu of ennui-sur-blasé that it’s almost overwhelming (not in a bad way). it’s a wes anderson film – of course it’s fantastic #cannes2021— iana murray (@ianamurray) July 12, 2021