What you may need to know:
1. He’s back. The wilhelm of whimsy, the crown prince of quirk, Wes Anderson, returns with The French Dispatch – by the looks of things, his most Wes-Anderson-y movie to date.
2. The official synopsis:
“…a love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th Century French city and brings to life a collection of stories published in ‘The French Dispatch’ magazine.”
3. The fictional publication is based upon The New Yorker; certain characters and storylines were inspired by figures and articles from that magazine’s past, as outlined here.
4. That wonderful poster is by the artist Javi Aznarez.
5. As with many of Anderson’s films, The French Dispatch is expected to premier at Cannes later in the year.
Doug’s verdict: Yes, yes, a thousand times Wes.
Release: July 24