Wes Anderson is an absolutely brilliant filmmaker, making critically acclaimed features one after the other. With his previous movie being Grand Budapest Hotel, it was fascinating to see him once more use his unique style in an animation format. The story is simple, yet stunning. The voice work is remarkably connected to each character, providing an odd amount of realism into a world where dogs can speak. Isle of Dogs is pure brilliance from the screenwriter and filmmaker, crafting a piece of art that should forever be seen as one of the finest animations of all time.
Isle of Dogs is an absolutely gorgeous film, hindering on being one of the most creative animations I have ever had the pleasure of watching. Wes Anderson never seems to disappoint in the creativity department, following his own successful formula throughout his career. Isle of Dogs follows this formula, introducing stellar, quirky, quick witted characters and set designs into a wonderful adventure story.
Quirky, charming, and somehow incredibly simplistic, Wes Anderson has created a phenomenal masterwork of the animation craft, and quite possibly the best film of his career in his writing. Twists and turns galore with an untainted fluentness to the entire experience, going from one situation to the next in complete naturality and never stalling for any reason - always in constant motion. The dialogue is sharply written and makes the viewer care for the characters. Whether it be man or dog, the audience cares the same. With the amount of sincerely passionate writing in Isle of Dogs, the runtime races by, making the viewer wish it could last even a moment longer.
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As stated in the opening, the level of finesse provided with every voice work and their flawless connection with their distinct looking character designs is remarkable. Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, and Jeff Goldblum lead the pack of this phenomenal cast, never giving a sense of a single miscast in the entire experience. The film feels charming and oddly real with every new character element provided by this riveting cast. They provide a sense of humanity to a dog’s known attributes. The voice work and characters are perfection - or the closest thing to it. If there’s any hatred for this cast, one must question their perception of film in general.
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This film boasts a mesmerizing score with the constant drumming as the story amps up. The score sticks with you due to its intensity, its simplicity, and its composition. The incredible use of translators and explanation for the consistent use of English is one of the other smart nods to the audience and for those thinking of asking these questions themselves. The Japanese landscape, alongside ‘Trash Island’ gives great reason to why the native people speak their appropriate languages and if not translated publicly are not transcribed in subtitles for us (the viewer). Unquestionably another triumph for Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs.
This is where the film excels, with Wes Anderson’s masterpiece of animation. The animation is so astoundingly beautiful that it calls into question reality. Which in and of itself is an odd predicament to encounter with an animated feature, but that’s just how great it all looks. The characters are masterfully animated to match the voices of their actors, with the wonderful subtlety of every character interaction and the wonder that is the script, mixing different languages, both human and canine into a brand new line of questions that beg to never be properly answered. The films effects are used to properly sync your mind into the experience and never let go. This works remarkably well, and without the effects it is difficult to say how the film would have turned out, if say it had been live action instead of the current format.
Isle of Dogs is a masterpiece and undoubtedly one of the biggest highlights of Anderson’s career. Beautifully made, cleverly written, and filled with astounding performances, Isle of Dogs doesn’t suffer from any obvious issues. Isle of Dogs is one to be seen, studied, and adored - it simply portrays the magic that is film.