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    The French Dispatch (Wes Anderson)


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    Wes Anderson gets showier and showier with every film. It's a marvel of craft, but not so much of heart.

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    It's a failure (only the first story works), but even Anderson's failures are more interesting, and more stylistically inventive, than most directors' successes. Part of the problem here is a certain compulsive allusiveness that takes the place of characterization and historical detail and borders on a kind of prideful ignorance that mistakes itself for knowingness: Anderson can't tell us anything about French youths in the 1960s, and isn't interested in doing so, but recognizing that the Chantal Goya song used in one of the café scenes was also used in Godard's Masculin féminin is supposed to make us feel like we know something about the period even if we don't and distract us from how thinly conceived the whole episode is. (The chess thing makes no sense, even as a metaphor.) Then again, it is a tribute to the New Yorker so I guess ignorance mistaking itself for knowingness is to be expected.
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    Quote Quoting baby doll (view post)
    Then again, it is a tribute to the New Yorker so I guess ignorance mistaking itself for knowingness is to be expected.
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    Brody/Del Toro/Seydoux's section is top tier Wes.

    The rest is maybe bottom tier?

    The anthology doesn't quite resonate with an ode to journalism that I think Wes had hoped for.

    I missed a lot of the cameos, except Waltz.

    A Love Song - ***
    The Lost Daughter - *** 1/2
    The Humans - * 1/2


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    Slot this with The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou in being Wes Anderson films I'd like to revisit down the line, with this one's reason of it being so dense and busy that during the film I frequently felt like I was more catching up in its details rather than enjoying it proper. Plus I was left cold by the second story. Loved the first though, and the third one's Jeffrey Wright strand is a really appropriate note for the film to go out on. 7/10
    Midnight Run (1988) - 9
    The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) - 8.5
    The Adventures of Robinhood (1938) - 8
    Sisters (1973) - 6.5
    Shin Godzilla (2016) - 7.5

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