A bit of sports, bit of crime, bit of politics, as Bill Murray eloquently outlines in the latest trailer, Wes Anderson’s long-awaited film The French Dispatch has it all. The anthology film experience has just copped a new trailer that explains…well, nothing. Despite being loaded with an all-star cast, surrounded by intrigue and helmed by a visionary filmmaker, The French Dispatch still feels oddly undefined, not that it’s quashing anyone’s interest.
Starring a cavalcade of talent, Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch is fronted by heavyweights Timothée Chalamet, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan and Tilda Swinton. Joining them are Oscar-winners Benicio Del Toro, Frances McDormand, Christoph Waltz, Adrien Brody and Anjelica Huston, alongside French actress and No Time to Die alum Léa Seydoux and long-time Anderson collaborator Jason Schwartzman. Needless to say, The French Dispatch is absolutely stacked, but what’s behind Hollywood’s obsession?
According to the official synopsis, Anderson’s new film brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city. Playing out like a love-letter to journalists, The French Dispatch embraces the anthology concept to the extreme. From the Frances McDormand and Timothée Chalamet-led tale of student protest to Benicio del Toro’s turn as a criminally insane artist pursued by Adrien Brody’s unrelenting art dealer Julien Cadazio, the film is Anderson all over.
Throughout the entirety of The French Dispatch trailer, the Anderson aesthetic shines through. Symmetrical framing, kitschy pastels and a trademark awkwardness filter through each and every scene, transporting the audience to a uniquely romanticised version of France. As far as the stories go, it’s anyone’s guess what to expect from Anderon’s latest work. What we do know, however, is that it will look spectacular. Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch is set to land in Australian cinemas on December 9.
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