Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson) 2018

All of Japan’s dogs are quarantined onto a garbage island because of a dog flu. Atari, who is the son of the prime minister, goes to the isle to find his dog. If I were to briefly summarize this movie it would be cinematic cuteness, smothered with adorableness, and topped off with a dollop of “Aww”. You are seeing cute dogs in downright gorgeous stop motion animation (seriously this needs to be nominated for something artistic) on a whimsical adventure.

The main plot involves Atari finding his dog with the help of a pack of dogs led by Chief (Bryan Cranston). The main plot is well written and involves a good character arc for Chief who is a stray who eventually comes around to being a domestic dog. The movie got many chuckles from the audience I was with. This movie isn’t necessarily haha funny but as I said it is cute as we see the dogs discuss the lives they had before the quarantine and what their favorite foods were and so forth. I know some hate Wes Anderson for his, well, Wes Anderson-y nature but I find his animated movies (previously Fantastic Mr Fox) to be more accessible to general audiences than his other works. If for nothing else you see cute dogs going on an adventure.

Now if I did have a gripe it would be that we are kind of cheated on advertised voice talent. They bill people like Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum to name a few but they are in the movie so little they might as well be cameos. It was disappointing to me just because I love those those actors. This movie is mostly about the young boy and Bryan Cranston’s dog and everyone else has much smaller roles. So just know that going into it so maybe you weren’t as disappointed as me. That being said, this was another great movie and I highly recommend it.

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One Response to “Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson) 2018”

  1. Nice review. I only heard about the movie but thought it was some kind of dark and depressing thing.

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