When it comes to Bill Murray, he could appear in almost anything and fans would show up in droves to watch the long-standing funny man be himself. He’s just that good. That is certainly the case when he teams up with eccentric filmmaker, Wes Anderson. Anderson’s most recent film called, The French Dispatch, has just dropped on HBO Max and is already the second-highest viewed film on the streaming platform. While this isn’t the first time in which Murray and Anderson have worked together, this film is another welcome addition to their partnership.
The French Dispatch is said to be a love letter to journalism, as the film follows an American-based newspaper that has an outpost in France. The film is structured by showing the collective stories that were taken directly out of, “The French Dispatch Magazine.” From the trailer alone, fans of Wes Anderson’s aesthetic will notice the muted and solitary color palette that is pancaked in a lot of scenes with the usual quippy dialogue. There are few better than Bill Murray at delivering dry and quippy humor. That is likely why he has appeared in so many Wes Anderson films.
As previously stated, Bill Murray is one of the many prolific actors that have been attached to this film. Rounding out the star-studded cast are Benicio Del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinson, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Jeffrey Wright, Steve Park, Henry Winkler, and Owen Wilson. It is true that Wes Anderson always puts together great casts, and this is certainly chock-full of some of the best actors in the entire world.
Bill Murray and Wes Anderson have paired with one another for a good number of his films. Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs, and The French Dispatch. Whatever their relationship is with one another, it seems as if both Murray and Anderson’s names have become synonymous with one another. It could just be that they both understand one another on a deep creative level, so they choose to continue to work with one another. At this point, it might be safe to say that Anderson writes his films while always cultivating a part for Murray. Whatever the case is, we are here for it.
The French Dispatch currently has a, “certified fresh,” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critic rating is 75%, with the audience rating at a slightly higher 76%. The budget for the film was $25 million, while it raked in just slightly under $46 million worldwide, which could indicate that it is a box office flop. However, Wes Anderson films are generally more on the underground or indie side anyway. His eclectic style is certainly not for everyone. But Bill Murray is in this film, and that is certainly enough for us.
Bill Murray has been a mainstay in Hollywood since the early 1970s. He rose to prominence after his roles in films like Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and Stripes. The man has become an icon throughout the years and often appears in plenty of films to the delight of many people. His legend is so embedded in cinema that he doesn’t even have an agent or manager. He allegedly takes all movie pitches from an, “800,” number when filmmakers call and pitch their ideas to him. He is also known for crashing weddings and bachelor parties too. How he finds his way to these events is beyond us, but it’s just on par with his personality. That’s why this man is regarded as Hollywood royalty.
The French Dispatch was released initially in October of 2021, and now it is currently destroying the competition on HBO Max. While this film might not be the most prolific of the Wes Anderson entries, it is sure to fit the same type of aesthetic in humor that exists in all his films. Bill Murray just fits so well with the sarcastic and quick-witted dialogue that is always within the writing of Anderson’s film. Anyone who is a fan of Anderson’s repertoire will surely enjoy this film. At the very least, the massively talented cast in this film is sure to provide some great moments.