Reviewers Say Wes Anderson’s Latest Work is Worth a Trip to the Isle of Dogs
Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs made its premiere at Berlinale in Germany, and it promises to be characteristically charming. The quirky creator has a very unique view of the world and always frames it through a delightful lens. Those who saw it are calling the film “jaw dropping”, “extra funky”, and “joyful”. That’s a perfect description of Anderson’s whimsical style and it looks like Isle of Dogs will be another great addition to a long and pleasant career.
Here’s the official synopsis if you need a primer:
Isle of Dogs tells the story of Atari Kobayashi (Koyu Rankin), 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture
Anderson has a knack for really reaching sentimental emotions. It’s not clear what the moral of the story will be, but Anderson’s movies always have a touch of melancholy. There seems to be some political commentary and parable.
ISLE OF DOGS: Wes Anderson made a movie about how our world is literally a garbage heap. also it’s an homage to Akira Kurosawa and Tilda Swinton voices a psychic pug. i think i liked it. my review: https://t.co/4gcUyeMjqC #Berlinale pic.twitter.com/Y6uwJNHzx7
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) February 15, 2018
Pleased to report ISLE OF DOGS by Wes Anderson is charming and entertainingly dark. Exceptional level of detail and canine characterisation, with a nudge at fear-mongering politics, too. And the thing is? I don’t even like dogs or Wes Anderson films, so expect this to be LOVED
— Jonathan Dean (@JonathanDean_) February 15, 2018
The level of skill in the very difficult medium of stop-motion animation already impressed us in previous clips. Collider’s Steven Weintraub confirmed that the whole film is amazing.
As a stop-motion fan absolutely blown away by Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’. The level of detail in every shot is jawdropping. Want to watch it again being able to stop it on every frame. Also loved the story and characters. Such a great movie.
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) February 15, 2018
A love of Anderson’s work can sneak up quietly and overtake your senses over time. More than one reviewer expressed a desire to see the film again.
Isle of Dogs is incredibly beautiful work. Less funny than other Wed Anderson movies but more resonant, political and moving. Honestly can’t wait to see it again. #berlinale
— GregoryEllwood – 4 Quadrant on iTunes (@TheGregoryE) February 15, 2018
Dogs already have a particularly enthusiastic fan base. Several viewers said that it’s a must see for dog lovers and less ardent fans alike.
ISLE OF DOGS is Wes Anderson at his most joyful! Extremely warm and funny with fantastic visuals. For a dog lover it’s a must! For everyone else – well, it’s also a must. #Berlinale #IsleofDogs pic.twitter.com/exVnhpVF7f
— Pᴀᴛᴛʏʟɪᴄɪᴏᴜs (@thePatalo) February 15, 2018
Wes Anderson’s latest, ISLE OF DOGS, is fast and furiously inventive in a world made of trash. Even as a cat person, it’s difficult to deny it as his most beautiful film yet. #Berlinale
— Into The Fold (@intothefoldmag) February 15, 2018
Basically, people just really enjoyed it. We can’t wait for the full reviews. This one is definitely going on our must see list for next month.
Yeah so Isle of Dogs is extra funky, pro-dog stop-motion excellence. A truly one-of-a-kind Wes Anderson creation.
— Alex Billington (@firstshowing) February 15, 2018
Isle of Dogs opens in theaters March 23.
Featured Image: (From L-R): Edward Norton as “Rex,” Jeff Goldblum as “Duke,” Bill Murray as “Boss,” Bob Balaban as “King” and Bryan Cranston as “Chief” in the film ISLE OF DOGS. Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved