We didn’t get the chance to review one last week because I went off to London, and we both had deadlines to meet. But this week’s review is one that I’ve been excited about for over a year:
Isle of Dogs
This film has pretty much everything I enjoy: dogs, stop-motion, Wes Anderson, dystopian near-futures. We actually had tickets to the preview in February, but the snow stopped us seeing it. So we went on the opening day instead. It was worth the wait.
Wes Anderson has an amazing ability to make awkward situations and silences beautiful. He raises questions that makes us question our views of the world and how we treat Earth and its inhabitants. Of course, this is all intertwined with the darkest humour, and tongue-in-cheek comments.
Not only that, but Isle of Dogs is beautiful. It is a visually stunning masterpiece. Stop-motion is such a difficult and time-consuming medium and is no easy feat. The textures in Isle of Dogs are amazing; I wanted to pet the fur of each and every dog. I felt that if I reached out, then I could do just that. The dogs have their own personalities, they each have their own qualities, dreams and favourite foods. They have different aspirations and interactions.
The character development exists, but within the animals. The humans in the story are there, but they are secondary. Isle of Dogs is a film about dogs, their life, their world and how humans as masters controlled them. The story is one that will pull at your heartstrings, but only because it is relatable and so well-executed. It may be about dogs, but it is about life in general; how society exists and functions, how politics impact on every aspect of our lives but we have no say in the execution of these political decisions.
Isle of Dogs is a film everyone can enjoy. It is surprisingly relatable, children will enjoy it, adults will understand the nuances, and anyone who appreciates art will appreciate the artistry of the medium.