After a year of delays and setbacks, The French Dispatch has finally been shown to critics for the first time, premiering at the Cannes Film Festival. With the odd decision to not have any press conference or further promotion, this is the only spotlight the film is getting at the festival.
Oscar pundits have been waiting in anticipation for the first reviews for Wes Anderson’s latest film, after the critical success of his previous live-action film The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). Whether this one can claim as many wins and nominations as The Grand Budapest Hotel did is too early to tell, but with the huge cast list including Benicio del Toro, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, and Timothée Chalamet, to name only a few, it certainly has the talent to do so.
Here are the first reactions to The French Dispatch below:
The French Dispatch is lined up to show at the 59th New York Film Festival before releasing in the US on October 22nd.