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  • Writer's pictureKaveh Jalinous

Isle Of Dogs (2018): Film Review

Funny to think that Isle of Dogs and "I love dogs" sound so similar... I was about three-fourths of the way into Wes Anderson's newest film, a stop-motion animated picture titled Isle of Dogs, that I realized that it is a great movie. The action is delightful, the visuals are stunning, and the film is all around perfect. Three days later, I was standing in line for another movie, when I came to a different realization. It had been three days, and I hadn't stopped thinking about the film. Every time I thought about it, it became more evident that this film is one of Anderson's best, and one of the best animated films, and films in general, ever. Isle of Dogs is a film I will never forget, and further proves the point that director Wes Anderson is a force to be reckoned with. And his newest film is lovable, pure, and just the right amount of entertainment that we would expect of him. Besides the dogs (whose "barks have been translated into English", as it says at the beginning of the film), all of the characters speak Japanese, and Japanese only. The film isn't subtitled either. Rather, the words spoken by the people in the film are changed to English by the use of translators, news anchors, and even 'foreign exchange students'. Although it sounds weird, that is the perfect way to describe the creativity in Isle of Dogs. The film thinks outside the box, and presents the story it wants to present the right way, transcending the viewer into a completely new type of experience, one that only Anderson could pull of correctly. No other director could make a movie about dogs being on an island of trash seem so compelling, lovable, and heartwarming. But creativity and directorial skills are only two of the many reasons Isle of Dogs is a modern classic. Not for one minute will you find yourself bored, and that is a guarantee. From the opening 'prologue' and the very first visual, you are hooked into an adventure that doesn't end until the end credits. The film is absolutely hilarious, and uses its sly but creative humor to make the audience cry from laughter. The perfect way to describe it is this: the film is funny, but not in an up-front way. Rather, it weaves its way around the viewer to warm them up, and get them used to the humor style, and then lays the jokes out. The voice cast couldn't be better, with Wes Anderson legends (Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Kietel) to newcomers (Greta Gerwig, Scarlett Johannson). Each actor adds their own touch to their character, and together, the perfect cast is assembled.  I am not going to force you to see this film, because by one day, you will see it. I have faith in this film, and that in the near-future, audiences are going to remember it as an animated classic. Once again, Wes Anderson provides a source of escapism from the cruel and haunting world we live in today, and this time, it's one of his best films. Which is more than a blessing.



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