[Movie Review] Isle of Dogs (2018) #KataKinema
In the aftermath of a flu outbreak, Mayor Kobayashi (Kunichi Nomura) decided to banish all the dogs into a deserted island far away from humans. His niece, Atari (Koyu Rankin), flew to the island in order to rescue his pet-dog, Spots (Liev Schreiber). He crashed his plane and discovered by several bunch of dogs, Chief (Bryan Cranston), Rex (Edward Norton), Duke (Jeff Goldblum), Boss (Bill Murray), and King (Bob Balaban). Soon, they embark on a journey to find Atari’s precious dog.
Simply said, Isle of Dogs is lovely. A subtly fruitful story wrapped in a fabulous style of animated stop motion, this is the movie that really defines Wes Anderson as a filmmaker. Albeit this is definitely not his “best of the best”, it still has ‘Wes Anderson’ written all over it. The way it tells the story, how it engage you visually, everything seem to be in place naturally just like that. The details in each motion scenes are precisely executed it feels like every movement be it by the characters or objects around the scene are so funny without even trying to look funny. Strong ensemble of voice actors also live up to the hype, where each of them successfully connecting their roles with the viewers.
While it has such a strong message behind its beautiful art, sometimes the narrative feels a bit weak ‘cause during the arc development, there are some points in which we could feel lost with the story, overshadowed by the glorious visual. Aside from that, this is a watch that you can’t miss whether if you’re a fan of Wes Anderson’s works or not. This is a subtle critique on our corrupted world, delivered with cuteness and warmth.
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