Isle of Dogs (2018)
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Voices of: Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Koyu Rankin, Kunichi Nomura, Greta Gerwig, Liev Schreiber and Courtney B. Vance
Review: Continuing the string of movies that I did not plan on seeing, comes Isle of Dogs, a vastly unique stop-motion animation about a young boy's search for his lost dog in a dystopian future-Japan. I was genuinely surprised with how much I loved this movie. I knew I would enjoy it to some degree but I didn't think I'd still be thinking about it today. Isle of Dogs isn't your conventional animation movie and although it looks like a movie that would pan towards young kids, it took a more serious and deeper route than I thought it would which made me all the more invested. There's a lot of things to praise in Isle of Dogs and one of those things is the stop motion. We're getting so many animated movies recently and it was just so refreshing to see a feature length stop-motion movie. Another thing positive was the script. There was a lot of dry and satirical humour with also a lot of heart and tear-jerking moments which I loved, and with the cast for this movie it was executed greatly. With talented names in this line-up, it's hard to pick who stood out as everyone did their part. Cranston emotionally-charged the movie whereas Goldblum just kept you laughing with whatever he said. Even the score for this movie was worth it because I was just tapping and humming to this drum bit that played throughout the movie. Where this movie faltered for me was the amount of actors that played a part in voicing characters because, for me, I got distracted by picking out whose voice was whose in the movie. Another thing was a subplot involving Greta Gerwig, and though I understand its purpose, every time the movie cut back to it I was left wanting to go back to the dogs. Isle of Dogs is one of the most unique movies of the year and stands out in my mind as one of the better movies of the year so far. The stop motion animation was flawless and with its deadpan humour, fantastic script and excellent voice work, this isn't a movie you want to miss.