April 06, 2018

Isle of Dogs is in select theaters March 23rd, 2018.

Isle of Dogs is set in a futuristic Japan where the mayor makes a decree to banish all dogs to Trash Island after a disease outbreak. Six month after the decree is made, a young boy sets off on an adventure to the island to find his dog against everything telling him not to.

I will say I did not have high hopes for this movie other than it looked interesting in the way that it was made and presented. Based on the trailer I was not sure what to expect and I must say I was pleasantly surprised after watching.

The characters were captivating and full of dry humor. In fact if you like sarcastic, straight to the point comedy then you will enjoy this movie as most of the lines said were full of it. I have to mention though that at time I was not sure if they were poking fun at the Japanese culture because a solid portion of the movie was translated and there were no subtitles.

Worth mentioning was that the movie in broken down into parts with the titles being more funny than the last. I didn’t think that they were necessary to pull the plot however. The plot by itself pushed along just fine and although it never really had a “wow” moment to me it was still a fairly cute and fun storyline.

Some of the topics such as suicide and a dog being left to rot away may not be appropriate for a younger audience despite the fact that it is clay animation. The wrath from the mayor may also not sit well with a younger audience so just be aware.

Overall Isle of Dogs is not one of my favorites and I probably would not watch it again. The director Wes Anderson did well presenting a story and twisting it to fit his vision which in the end was a canine story unlike any I’ve ever seen.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Ashley Ashley (Senior Contributor) is an Orlando native who loves watching movies. Her favorite genres include comedies, thrillers and sci-fi.
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