Film Review: Isle of Dogs

Directed by Wes Anderson, Isle of Dogs is set in a fictitious city in Japan where the city’s authoritarian mayor, Kenji Kobayashi, has banished all dogs to Trash Island after an outbreak of canine influenza. The film follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his lost dog and has an ensemble voice cast including Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel, Liev Schreiber, Scarlett Johansson, and Tilda Swinton.

Rating:

A really stunning animation and I love that the idea came from Wes Anderson spotting a road sign directing to the Isle of Dogs while shooting Fantastic Mr. Fox.

I love Wes Anderson’s style, but I think this is a difficult film to get into if you’re not a fan of his already. It’s definitely one of his more out-there and bolshie films, making it hard to engage with in the beginning, but the adventure is thrilling once it gets into the story.

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About Charlie Morris

Proofreader and film blogger living in Cornwall.

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