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Simmering Style Over Substance in The French Dispatch

This is one piece in a collection of 10 film reviews submitted by this year’s New Wave Jury members at Cornwall Film Festival 2021. The collection tackles recent films that stood out as radical works of filmmaking. You can read the other reviews here.

The last sensation that a filmmaker wants you to feel is boredom. A film can be uninspiring, lazy, contrived, implausible, but boring may well be the bedrock of descriptions for an artist practicing any given medium -- but with The French Dispatch (2021), I barely blinked. This film is truly captivating. From frame one to the denouement, Wes Anderson’s latest feature is a risk for the director, but it sparkles in the midst of outstanding October releases.