Bizarre Review: Isle of Dogs

Wes Anderson has been one of my favourite directors for a very long time.

Ever since seeing Rushmore, I’ve grown a small obsession for more from Anderson. After watching Isle of Dogs, I felt completely raw from the entire experience. From the beginning, I was crying, laughing, and completely absorbed in the film. I didn’t get the chance to watch many trailers for this movie, and when I saw it on the shelf, I knew it had to be rented. I expected the movie to be funny, but I didn’t expect it to be so sad and political.

From the opening credits to the ending credits, I was completely consumed by this movie. The stop motion animated film is completely unlike any of Anderson’s other films. Actually, every movie he does is completely original.

Isle of Dogs is set in a Japanese future, following the mayoral campaign of a power-hungry politician, who does everything in his power to ban dogs from the city. The ban is prompted by an outbreak of dog flu, that has adverse effects on the household pets. The first dog sent to Trash Island (literally an island where the city sends its trash), belongs to a 12 year old boy named Atari.

There is a lot of drama that goes on between banishing dogs and the end of the mayoral race. The boy goes on a search for his dog, and the adventure on Trash Island will take you from tears to stitches of laughter in a matter of seconds, back and forth, pulling on your heartstrings.

I didn’t expect to cry so much in the first five minutes of a movie, but I am a pretty big softie. If you love dogs, and couldn’t imagine anything bad happening to your pooch, make sure you have the tissue box handy, because Isle of Dogs is going to get you right in the feels.

Isle of Dogs features many well-known actors that voice the dogs and some humans including Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Yoko Ono, and more.

The movie is artsy, quirky, and has a great storyline. The Japanese setting gives it more depth, and keeps you watching nonstop. This is not a movie you can watch while distracted. There are so many elements going on all of the time, from sub titles, to flashbacks, and a million little details you won’t want to miss.

For these reasons and about a million others, I give Isle of Dogs 10 out of 10 popcorns.

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