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‘The French Dispatch’ First Reactions Come Out of the Cannes Film Festival

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:

iana murray 🇮🇹 on Twitter: “THE FRENCH DISPATCH: a delectable tribute to journalism. packs so many intricate and eccentric details into the milieu of ennui-sur-blasé that it’s almost overwhelming (not in a bad way). it’s a wes anderson film – of course it’s fantastic #cannes2021 / Twitter”

THE FRENCH DISPATCH: a delectable tribute to journalism. packs so many intricate and eccentric details into the milieu of ennui-sur-blasé that it’s almost overwhelming (not in a bad way). it’s a wes anderson film – of course it’s fantastic #cannes2021

Brian Formo is at #Cannes on Twitter: “The French Dispatch is a flood of words and details, you can be overwhelmed or just go with it and get swept away. This is a pretty big statement but it’s the best-looking film Wes Anderson has ever made; mixing black-and-white, animation, pastels, miniatures, and even sexuality. / Twitter”

The French Dispatch is a flood of words and details, you can be overwhelmed or just go with it and get swept away. This is a pretty big statement but it’s the best-looking film Wes Anderson has ever made; mixing black-and-white, animation, pastels, miniatures, and even sexuality.

The Cannes Expert on Twitter: “THE FRENCH DISPATCH might be Wes Anderson’s most eye-popping, visually stunning film yet. The production design is out of this world. I didn’t get much out of the story or characters at all. But it’s still so amusing and fun to watch. #Cannes2021 pic.twitter.com/F0g9a64DPM / Twitter”

THE FRENCH DISPATCH might be Wes Anderson’s most eye-popping, visually stunning film yet. The production design is out of this world. I didn’t get much out of the story or characters at all. But it’s still so amusing and fun to watch. #Cannes2021 pic.twitter.com/F0g9a64DPM

Alex Billington @ Cannes 2021 on Twitter: “The French Dispatch – This is literally a cinematic visualization of a magazine, a tribute to journalists & writers. An extravagantly loquacious, intellectually dense, somewhat amusing series of short stories about an eccentric cast of characters in this French town. #Cannes2021 / Twitter”

The French Dispatch – This is literally a cinematic visualization of a magazine, a tribute to journalists & writers. An extravagantly loquacious, intellectually dense, somewhat amusing series of short stories about an eccentric cast of characters in this French town. #Cannes2021

Jason Gorber @ #cannes2021 on Twitter: “THE FRENCH DISPATCH – A glorious explosion of Wes Andersony whimsy, it’s more movie than a season of cinematheque retrospectives, jammed with tricks and travails sure to dismay those refusing the ride, but for those open they’ll be in literary heaven. Bravo! #Cannes2021 / Twitter”

THE FRENCH DISPATCH – A glorious explosion of Wes Andersony whimsy, it’s more movie than a season of cinematheque retrospectives, jammed with tricks and travails sure to dismay those refusing the ride, but for those open they’ll be in literary heaven. Bravo! #Cannes2021

film poser™️ josie (ง’̀-‘́)ง @ Cannes 🇫🇷 on Twitter: “THE FRENCH DISPATCH Dir. Wes Anderson The most Wes Anderson Wes Anderson film. It feels like experimental, visual whiplash in the best way taking you through a visual incarnation of journalistic work. A true love letter to writers bringing truth to the world.#Cannes2021 pic.twitter.com/WsY3wf5mmY / Twitter”

THE FRENCH DISPATCH Dir. Wes Anderson The most Wes Anderson Wes Anderson film. It feels like experimental, visual whiplash in the best way taking you through a visual incarnation of journalistic work. A true love letter to writers bringing truth to the world.#Cannes2021 pic.twitter.com/WsY3wf5mmY

The French Dispatch is lined up to show at the 59th New York Film Festival before releasing in the US on October 22nd.

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