in about 100 words or less
US/ Germany 101m, Colour
Director: Wes Anderson; Cast: Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Courtney B. Vance, Fisher Stevens, Harvey Keitel, Liev Schreiber, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, F. Murray Abraham, Frank Wood, Kunichi Nomura, Yoko Ono.
Isle of Dogs is a beautifully crafted stop-motion animated feature about a young boy who searches for his dog in a near future dystopian city controlled by corrupt cat loving politicians. Set in the fictional Japanese city of Megasaki, all of the dogs are banished to an island filled with refuse after an outbreak of canine flu. The film’s extensive use of Japanese language, for which there are few subtitles, is an interesting choice that relies on context and the wonderfully expressive faces of the animated characters. Even as a cat lover, I found Isle of Dogs to be thoroughly enjoyable film that is full of dark quirky humour and style (Klaus Ming July 2018).