The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun

The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun

By Wes Anderson

  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 2021-10-22
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1h 47min
  • Director: Wes Anderson
  • Production Company: Searchlight Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 19.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 2,425 Ratings


From the visionary mind of Wes Anderson, THE FRENCH DISPATCH brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in the fictional 20th-century French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé. Many of the world’s most beloved stars shine in this love story to journalists, including Benicio Del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Timothée Chalamet, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Léa Seydoux, Stephen Park, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Lyna Khoudri, Mathieu Amalric, Christoph Waltz, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, Henry Winkler, Anjelica Huston and Bill Murray. Following the death of Arthur Howitzer, editor of The French Dispatch, Howitzer’s staff convenes to write his obituary, leading to the creation of four stories: One, inspired by writer Herbsaint Sazerac (Wilson), is an unsettling travelogue of the seediest sections of the city. J.K.L. Berensen (Swinton) offers “The Concrete Masterpiece” about Moses Rosenthaler (Del Toro), a criminally insane painter, and his prison guard and muse (Seydoux). “Revisions to a Manifesto” by Lucinda Krementz (McDormand, whose character is an homage to The New Yorker’s iconic writer Mavis Gallant), is a chronicle of love and death at the height of student revolt. And writer Roebuck Wright (Jeffrey Wright) pens a suspenseful tale of drugs, kidnapping and fine dining, cop style, with “The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner.” THE FRENCH DISPATCH is filled with the intriguing, visually rewarding, complex, detailed and funny elements audiences have come to expect from writer-director Wes Anderson.




  • Way too hard to follow

    By TerryB1830
    Beautiful, artful, way too hard to follow and therefore care about the characters. Love Wes anderson’s work but this is the only one of his movies I have no intention on watching again.
  • Wes Anderson is a visual king!

    By Auggielicious
    Anderson has done it, yet again, in the visuals department! Although some of the written word is self-indulgent, as in a way only Anderson can do, the visuals overlay the somewhat choppy dialogue eloquently and with panache.
  • Hilarious Art, New Yorker, Writer Send Up

    By Dan Greening
    This is a great film, with numerous references to literary and art world folks everywhere. It will be analyzed like crazy, and likely studied in college courses for years to come. Even the overall story, of a murderer quasi-redeemed by his production of great art, is a hilarious/creepy echo of Norman Mailer and Jack Henry Abbott. It will help if you hang out with artists, who are often crazy. And if you like/make fun of the French. And if you think writers are a little smug, over the top, ridiculous. This perspective that combines love and amusement marks you likely compatible with this film.
  • I wish people had any idea what it takes to create (something like this)!

    By Lizard King13
    What an amazing talent and what an amazing accomplishment - thank you Mr. Anderson!
  • Really liked the story - the pace is aweful

    By MauTrevino
    Love Wes Anderson movies but this one is super slow. Had to watch it in three pieces to be able to get through it. However the story is great, no complaints about the narrative.
  • great if you're a fan of wes anderson

    By augias84
    This movie is the best for Wes Anderson fans, because it's perhaps the most Anderson of all his movies. If that is not your style, you probably won't like the stilted, self-conscious humor and long pauses, the pomposity. It's not for everyone. There are extremely funny and sad moments in it, and it is a beautiful homage to the New Yorker Magazine, of which I'm a great fan. So if you have ever read an issue of the New Yorker, you will also find many things to love about the movie. My favorite things are the fake drawn covers they created that are shown during the credits-- they are all good enough to be New Yorker covers.
  • A misfire, and major disappointment

    By Shashibiya
    As a devoted fan of Wes Anderson’s films from his very first, Bottle Rocket, and as someone who hasn’t missed an issue of the New Yorker in over fifty years, I was stoked to see his latest. As a feast for the eyes, he takes his signature style to a whole new level. But the film has no heart, no characters that one cares about. With the exception of Benicio del Toro’s outstanding turn, I found it utterly uninteresting and unfunny, even gratuitously crude. Casting movie stars in minor roles distracts from the story (Oh, that’s Elizabeth Moss! Oh, it’s Liev Schreiber!), and feels like showing off.
  • Siri, stop.

    By Like-I-Say
    Interesting sets, big names, but other than that - not much. Find something that will maintain your interest. Having trouble getting to sleep? Rent this, and consider it a $5.99 sleeping pill.
  • Nope nope nope

    By chi1216
    I am a huge Wes Anderson fan but this movie was such a disappointment!!! So much of a disappointment that I haven’t been able to finish. The only reason he gets 1 star is for the visual aspect of the movie. Other than that, nope nope nope!!!
  • Excellent

    By thegreatpnw
    Love this guys stuff. Such a joy to watch an interesting movie now days