Pretty good movie overall. First half was nothing special but it got better as it went along.
A film with more than the usual spoiler issues. Talking about it in any detail feels akin to handing you a gift-wrapped present and saying, "I hope you like it -- It's a thriller about a diabolical secret experiment."
It’s not bad or unwatchable but despite the amplitude of the spectacle, the end result is underwhelming.
It's simply great fun, a winsome film and an occasionally over-the-top luxury fantasy that never flags.
Isle of Dogs is exactly what you would expect from Wes Anderson at this point: childhood whimsy and fun mixed with some darker themes and moments. The film is another one of his stop-motion movies, after the excellent Fantastic Mr. Fox in 2009.The good news is that this film is just, if not more, visually striking. Wes' level of detail, in everything from the backgrounds the fur of the protagonists, is amazing. The dialogue, characters and story are top-noch as ever...even if they're a tad predictable by this point.The star-studded cast (including Bryan Cranston, Scarlett, Johansson, Ed Norton, Jeff Golblum, Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, etc.) does a fantastic job, as do the lesser-known actors The soundtrack is fantastic, nearly all of it consists of Taiko percussion. However, this also leads into a criticism that may be minor or major, depending on how woke you consider yourself to be.I'll get right to the point: the film is guilty of using Japanese stereotypes. Atari saves the day with the power of a haiku. Kobayashi changes his mind over the fact that "he has no honor". It's not exactly nuanced, nor is it justifiable. However it doesn't come across as malicious or even intentional either. It doesn't ruin the movie, but it is worth mentioning.Other than that, the only other 'real' criticism is the movie isn't as laugh-out-loud funny as Fantastic Mr. Fox. But that doesn't bother me. Besides, it's less funny because there are less jokes, not because the jokes aren't funny.On the whole, Isle of Dogs is a fantastic, if slightly insensitive, movie that anyone who loves great independent films should watch.
My friend made me watch this movie four nights ago. I resisted but gave in and had no idea what I was in for. OMG ... i've now watched it at least twice a day since then. The visuals, humor, the perception from a dogs view, and the music, the music gets you. Go in with no expectations and enjoy the ride.
The attention to detail is GORGEOUS. Just for the art alone it gets high marks. And the offbeat style was great, q.bit different and captured something that I hadnt seen in a while. I was accompanied by brothers and friends some who weren't necessarily fans but ended up enjoying it a lot. One thung I liked was how the Japanese was selectively translated. Also the political and ecologicalsituations harked back to the reality of today. The dogs were heartwarming. The people were wierd. It was a quirky movie. Awesome.
By this stage in his career, 22 years on from his debut film Bottle Rocket and follow-up break out hit Rushmore in 1998, you know what's in store when you sign up to watch a Wes Anderson film; oddball humour, arthouse tendencies and Bill Murray and for any acolytes of the esteemed indie filmmakers previous works, Isle of Dogs will be one of the years easiest to digest cinematic treats.Showing us all he was a deft hand with animation with 2009's memorable and very good Fantastic Mr. Fox, Anderson returns to stop-motion animation with his whimsical and fantastical Japanese set tale, that sees man's best friend banished to a trash island, living a life of scraps and canine disease, whilst felines are allowed a life of luxury in the imaginary Megasaki City.It's a unique and colourful tale filled with eye-capturing scenery and one that fits Anderson's sensibilities and imagination like a glove, yet while so much of Isle of Dogs is wondrous and engaging, there's a sense that the core tale of Anderson's fable isn't one of the filmmaker's finest moments, as we are thrown into a simplistic yarn about young pilot Atari trying to reunite with his old 4-legged friend Scraps after he was sent to Trash Island 6 months previously.Joining forces with a rag-tag collection of mutts led by Bryan Cranston's Chief and Edward Norton's Rex, Atari's journey starts off promisingly enough but unusually for an Anderson film, Isle of Dogs narrative begins to peter out as the runtime wears on and interest levels wane and despite the fine attempts of its voice cast and the beautifully constructed animation, Isle of Dogs is neither funny enough or thrilling enough to be considered up their Anderson's most assured works such as Fantastic Mr. Fox or more adult oriented dramas such as The Royal Tenenbaums.While its disappointing Isle of Dogs didn't connect more emotionally or nail its comedic oddball tone to a higher degree, there's no denying Anderson and his team's commitment to their hard to master animation technique is a genuinely remarkable achievement and filled with Anderson's creativity behind the camera, Isle of Dogs is abundant with visual wonder and acts as a colourful and memorable Japanese themed treat that is great for the eyes and senses, just not so much the heart or funnybone.Final Say - Some will be utterly charmed and dazzled by all elements of Anderson's newest creative offering, while others will find this appealing work slightly disappointing on a higher level. Hard to dislike but arguably harder to love than the best of Anderson's offerings, Isle of Dogs ends up being further proof that Anderson is a unique and unpredictable talent, to be forever copied, but hardly ever bested based purely on imaginary outputs.3 black owls out of 5