Wes Anderson’s Strange Movie-Magazine

Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, and Jeffrey Wright in The French Dispatch. (Searchlight Pictures)
The French Dispatch has an amusing surface but no heart.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W es Anderson loves The New Yorker, and he loves France (where he lives), so he set out to make a movie about both. Now showing at the New York Film Festival ahead of an October 22 theatrical release, The French Dispatch is cute but kind of dull. I’d call it a French disappointment.

This high-concept, low-key exercise in sustained drollery is an anthology of three unrelated stories about small-town French life, framed as features in the eponymous magazine, which is published as a supplement to a Kansas newspaper. There is also a shorter amuse-bouche that is meant as a cinematic adaptation

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