Isle of Dogs – Review

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Isle of Dogs is the unmissable new film by Wes Anderson. Stop motion animation film set in an almost dystopian future where all the dogs of Japan have been removed to an island because they are sick. Atari, the protagonist, leaves for this island with a kind of aircraft to find his dog- named Spots.

As you have already understood

I loved the movie. Definitely one of the best animation products I’ve ever seen. But let’s start the review.

The film was written by Anderson, who is a true auteur, and the screenplay is indeed a mainstay of this film. The story is beautiful and the way it is told is even more so. Anderson’s style is more than recognizable. His humor is unique, like Fantastic Mr. Fox and Grand Hotel Budapest and, in my opinion, is just a resemblance to the island of dogs. I’m talking only about style resemblance, which is important. Every respected auteur has his own style and is recognized in every film. So, what I said should not be read in a negative way.

As I said, I think this film is more like Grand Budapest Hotel for exasperation. In this film we have Japanese sometimes stereotyped, but so over the lines that they go beyond the stereotype and ridicule it. Same as dogs, they are so over-the-top that they seem human and this also creates a ridiculousness of their situation, a situation that is certainly political. Dogs that are put on an island seem almost a metaphor of deportation, or anyway, a way to ward off the abject part of society, and the impassive mass does nothing but scream from the excitement of losing their dogs. Strong and exasperated situation that becomes ridiculous, as in Grand Budapest Hotel ridicules the great dictatorships of the first half of the twentieth century. BRILLIANT! Anderson is brilliant.

I also liked how he addresses the topic of friendship. The relantionship in this film are analyzed very well and Anderson created them perfectly and in a complex way. Obviously it is something desired, in this film emotions  win, just like in “The Little Prince”, literary reference in the film.

The direction is, of course, great. Here, too, we recognize Anderson’s style, and here too I find the resemblance to Gran Budapest Hotel very much. Those big shots on the Kobayashi house reminded me of those of the film previously mentioned, as well as some “camera movements”. You also notice the great hand of Kurosawa, to which Anderson has admitted to have been inspired by the film, and you notice the desire to make a Japanese film, exactly the same desire to make a British film with Gran Budapest Hotel.

Moving on to technical departments, the first thing I have to say is: WHAT A MUSIC! Desplat’s music always captures the attention and is precise for every moment of the film and has been used well, put at the right time and with the right intensity. Beautiful photography, I found it particular and precisely because of this immediately affects the eye of the viewer, which in the end is what the photography must do.

In summary, the film is very cool and definitely deserves to be seen.

Rating: 85/100

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