I should start by saying that, as a long-time devotee of Wes Anderson’s work, I thoroughly enjoyed The French Dispatch. It’s charming and beautiful in a way that only his movies are and, since it works through multiple vignettes, there’s a little something for every Wes Anderson fan.
That said, I simply can’t sit through another WA film without questioning his repetition. Those of us who watch every film he makes have certainly noticed his tendency to copy the cadence of his dialogue and similarly frame each scene. I understand that his oeuvre represents a style that has become a genre unto itself, but are we not limiting him as a filmmaker by accepting it?
Is it possible that Wes Anderson wants desperately to break all of his molds and try something new but doesn’t want to disappoint his fans? Or is he simply stuck?Continue reading →