Every couple of years, there’s a tingly hum in the air that can only be caused by one thing. I thought I felt it yesterday morning over coffee, and sure enough, as I scrolled through Twitter, I saw it: the poster for a new Wes Anderson movie, “The French Dispatch.”
(How did I not know this was coming? Granted, there’s always a new Wes Anderson movie coming, but this caught me completely off-guard.)
First of all, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL POSTER. The illustrator was quickly identified as Javi Aznarez, and this morning It’s Nice That published an interview with the movie’s graphic designer, Erica Dorn (who previously worked with Anderson on “Isle of Dogs”). I could get completely lost in this poster—I saw someone jokingly compare it to a Richard Scarry book, and yes! That’s it! I want to look at it all day long. It’s the perfect teaser for that certain sense of highly-detailed wonder that comes from a Wes Anderson movie. I just love it.
As if the yesterday’s poster reveal weren’t exciting enough, today we’ve been treated to a full-length trailer! Friends, this is good stuff. I’m 99% sure that’s Anjelica Huston doing the narration, and now I suddenly want Anjelica Huston to narrate everything—airplane safety videos, subway door closing warnings, my morning showers…everything.
I mean, the whole cast is bananas. You see one name that gets you excited, and then another, and another, and then you say “oh wow” 50 more times before you’re done reading the whole list. My goodness. Wes Anderson may have out-Wes Andersoned himself this time, and I am READY FOR IT.
p.s. If you think “The French Dispatch” brings to mind The New Yorker, that’s absolutely right.