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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


Kelle Long

Kelle has written about film and TV for The Credits since 2016. Follow her on Twitter @molaitdc for interviews with really cool film and TV artists and only occasional outbursts about Broadway, tennis, and country music. Please no talking or texting during the movie. Unless it is a musical, then sing along loudly.

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