My review of the newest movie from Wes Anderson “THE FRENCH DISPATCH” starring Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Adrien Brody, Benicio Del Toro, Bill Murray, Timothée Chalamet, Jeffrey Wright, Steve Park, Owen Wilson, Frances McDormand, and Mathieu Amalric.
From the visionary mind of Academy Award® nominee Wes Anderson, THE FRENCH DISPATCH brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city. It stars Benicio del Toro (SICARIO, TRAFFIC), Adrien Brody (THE PIANIST, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL), Tilda Swinton (THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, ISLE OF DOGS), Léa Seydoux (SPECTRE, OH MERCY!), Frances McDormand (THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, FARGO), Timothée Chalamet (LADY BIRD, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME), Lyna Khoudri (Savages, THE SPECIALS, PAPICHA), Jeffrey Wright (Westworld, THE HUNGER GAMES), Mathieu Amalric (THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, SOUND OF METAL), Stephen Park (FARGO, The Mindy Project), Bill Murray (ISLE OF DOGS, LOST IN TRANSLATION) and Owen Wilson (FATHER FIGURES, MARLEY AND ME).
On the occasion of the death of its beloved Kansas-born editor Arthur Howitzer, Jr., the staff of The French Dispatch, a widely circulated American magazine based in the French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé, convenes to write his obituary. Memories of Howitzer flow into the creation of four stories: a travelogue of the seediest sections of the city itself from The Cycling Reporter; “The Concrete Masterpiece,” about a criminally insane painter, his guard and muse, and his ravenous dealers; “Revisions to a Manifesto,” a chronicle of love and death on the barricades at the height of student revolt; and “The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner,” a suspenseful tale of drugs, kidnapping and fine dining.
Searchlight Pictures and Indian Paintbrush present an American Empirical Picture, THE FRENCH DISPATCH, directed by Wes Anderson, screenplay by Wes Anderson from a story by Anderson & Roman Coppola & Hugo Guinness & Jason Schwartzman. The film also stars Liev Schreiber (Showtime’s Ray Donovan, SPOTLIGHT, ISLE OF DOGS), Elisabeth Moss (Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, THE INVISIBLE MAN), Edward Norton (BIRDMAN, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL), Willem Dafoe (THE LIGHTHOUSE, SPIDERMAN), Lois Smith (LADY BIRD, Ray Donovan), Saoirse Ronan (LITTLE WOMEN, LADY BIRD), Christoph Waltz (DJANGO UNCHAINED, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN) Cécile de France (REBELS, DJANGO), Guillaume Gallienne (DOWN BY LOVE, CEZANNE ET MOI), Jason Schwartzman (RUSHMORE, MOONRISE KINGDDOM), (Tony Revolori (THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING), Rupert Friend (Homeland, A SIMPLE FAVOR), Henry Winkler (Arrested Development, Barry), Bob Balaban (ISLE OF DOGS, The Politician), Hippolyte Girardot (MAMA WEED, Inside) and Anjelica Huston (ISLE OF DOGS, THE ADDAMS FAMILY) as the Narrator.
The creative team includes producers Wes Anderson, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson, executive producers Roman Coppola, Henning Molfenter, Christoph Fisser and Charlie Woebcken, co-producer Octavia Peissel, director of photography Robert Yeoman A.S.C., production designer Adam Stockhausen, costume designer Milena Canonero, editor Andrew Weisblum, composer Alexandre Desplat and music supervisor Randall Poster.