The French Dispatch: Movie Review

Watch this movie right now:
You don't know what you'll get. "The French Dispatch" delivered that signature whimsical and quirky Wes Anderson experience that he is known for - and if you loved the director's previous works, then this film fits perfectly right in. Its fleeting stories and characters may lack longevity when it comes to there depth and heft but damn was this movie so engaging right at the very moment you are watching it. 
When the Editor-in-Chief and founder of the magazine, "The French Dispatch" dies, his last will and testament declares that his publication will ceast to exist immediately. His loyal staff of writers decide to publish a memorial edition for its last release ever which highlights the magazine's three best stories from the past decade: a gifted yet demented artist sentenced to life imprisonment, the student riots about the rights to visit the women's dormitory, and the kidnapping of the police commissioner resolved by a renowned chef.
On its technical merits and cinematography, "The French Dispatch" will instantly blow you away. May it be scenes in color, scenes in black-and-white or even an unexpected animated one, the artistic and creative manner each scene was meticulously designed and crafted was astounding. We wouldn't be surprised if each frame from the film can easily translate to an art piece when used as a still. If its set design and visuals won't entertain you then its script and writing will. We'll have to admit, this film had a fleeting narrative that doesn't really tie up into anything big or memorable. But each story was well-paced, well-scripted, and well-acted that scene-by-scene and minute-by-minute, we found ourselves captivated with its comedic quirks and odd eccentricities. Out of its three main stories, we loved the first one which starred Benicio del Toro as a gifted but torn artist because it had the strongest message out of all the stories within the anthology. The way it depicted how art was really valued or how society can be manipulated by the rich were topics we found thought-provoking at least on very a basic level. Overall, while "The Frecnh Dispatch" is far from the definitive Wes Anderson film, it has the essentials to make it extremely entertaining and pleasurable.   
Rating: 4 reels

Why you should watch it:
- delivers the essential Wes Anderson experience

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the narrative didn't really grab us as memorable
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