Benjamin Maio Mackay
Isle of Dogs - 4 Stars
Wes Anderson’s latest is truly excellent.
Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog.
Wes Anderson has a unique style of filmmaking, which is almost inexplicable. However it is easy to say that he utilises symbolism, metaphor and colour beautifully. The voice cast is perfect with Bryan Cranston being the obvious standout. Greta Gerwig, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Koyu Rankin and Scarlett Johansson make up the ensemble cast. The choice to not use subtitles or translate any of the Japanese dialogue may confuse some viewers, but the plot is easy to follow (all the dogs do speak English).
The stop-motion style of filmmaking is a marvel to behold and it looks beautiful. Characters move with detail and ease and the sets are gorgeous and vast. It’s very impressive what’s been accomplished visually.
Overall an excellent film, which film buffs should flood too!
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas