Another of the most anticipated films of the year has finally seen its premiere. Originally planned for summer 2020, The French Chronicle has made its debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film is the new title from the acclaimed director Wes Anderson, who managed to gather a stellar cast for this film, of which we already have all the reviews that have been published directly from the European event.
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The French Chronicle (The French Dispatch) is an anthology film. That is, it retrieves different stories to create the feeling of reading a magazine. The film tells the stories of a group of journalists from a fictional newspaper in a French city. Wes Anderson He has said that it is a tribute to journalists and critics say that in this he has been successful. It has a large cast full of big names like Tilda Swinton , Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Benicio, the bull, Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan Y Adrien Brody, among many others.
The film continues with the best known characteristics of Anderson’s cinema, of whom we most recently saw Isle of Dogs – 87%, animated film about a group of dogs exiled from a Japanese city, such as their dry humor, their obsession with symmetrical paintings and pastel colors. The film’s own trailer shows a little about the different vignettes that we will see, which have been described by some reviews as an obituary, a travel guide and three articles. What do the critics say? Below we tell them.
The first thing the reviews of The French Chronicle – 75% it is that it is not really a film about freedom of the press so much as a mosaic of eccentric characters who are journalists, some of them caricatured enough to better fit the tone of the production. Some of the reviews highlight the intention of the film to build the feeling of reading a magazine.
Although many admit that there is not really a central theme or story that covers all the stories that the film presents, the joy of re-intruding into the world that Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom – A kingdom under the moon – 94%, The Eccentric Tenenbaums – 80%, El Gran Hotel Budapest – 92%) created seems to be sufficient. Although each of his stories manages to feel like a movie by itself, there are those who note that the film lacks the sentimental element that usually exists under the “dollhouses” (as one critic puts it) that the director builds in his jobs.
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The French Chronicle – 75% It still does not have a release date in Mexico, in the United States it is scheduled for October 22 and is considered an exclusive release in theaters. Given that it was produced by the Searchlight label, which now belongs to the Disney umbrella, perhaps we can wait for a similar date unless it is decided to prioritize it for the awards season in which case it is very likely that we will have to wait until 2022 to see it. .
In the meantime, here are the reviews he got after his debut at Cannes 2021:
Peter Debruge on Variety:
In the past, the director has been accused of crafty dollhouse making while repeating his favorite tricks, this time it feels like there’s a whole world looming on the edges of his controlled settings.
Robbie Collin on The Telegraph:
Wes Anderson’s French Chronicle feels like four movies in one and contains enough ideas for at least six more.
Eric Kohn on IndieWire:
The result is a delightful, deliberate explosion of Andersonian aesthetics that doesn’t always have satisfying coherence, but also doesn’t slow down enough to lose its appeal, and it always maintains its purpose.
Todd McCarthy, Deadline:
Wes Andersson has created a fantastic realm here like no other in film, much less in the real world. For some people it will be a place that they will like to visit again and again …
Steve Pond on The Wrap:
… is highly impressive and hideously scattered, a tongue-in-cheek piece of art that is always entertaining but is also so excruciatingly detailed, one wonders if it will connect the way Anderson’s more emotional and drawn-out stories did.
Tim Grierson on Screen Daily:
… despite its exquisite construction, The French Chronicle does not have much of the sentimental undertone that makes Anderson’s films more than mere intellectual exercises.
Peter Bradshaw on The Guardian:
Amazing visuals, lots of laughs, and a top-notch cast, including Bill Murray, make Anderson’s tribute to the New Yorker a real treat.
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