Isle of Dogs Movie Review

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Isle of Dogs

Initial release: March 23, 2018 (USA) Director: Wes Anderson Narrated by: Courtney B. Vance Box office: 50.5 million USD Screenplay: Wes Anderson

Submitted: July 31, 2018

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Submitted: July 31, 2018



The following is a review of the movie “Isle of Dogs” 
by Marc Primo Pulisci.

Isle of Dogs, by director Wes Anderson, is a remarkable achievement both in its storytelling and in the visual experience it provides. It is set in the fictional city of Nagasaki, Japan, where the canine flu has devastated the dog population, and man's best friend has subsequently been moved to a quarantined island. The story follows young Atari Kobayashi, a young boy, who is on a quest to locate and retrieve his four-legged companion, Spots. Star power is provided by Scarlett Johansson, Edward Norton, and Jeff Goldblum, among others, who have lent their voices to the characters to give the necessary depth and dimension that the back-story requires. The story does need top-notch voice acting as it is both riveting and moving, while the visual elements are equally compelling and draw the viewer in from
the start.

Director Anderson already had experience with the stop-motion technique – most notably with Fantastic Mr. Fox – and here he has taken it to the next level with detailed environments and scenes that range from the comical to the bizarre. It warrants multiple viewings to take in all the hidden details and to get comfortable with the unique world Anderson has built. The most engaging part of it is that different audiences will take away different things from the movie upon leaving the theater, which makes it very universally approachable, so you can take the whole family to discover everyone’s individual perspective afterward.

If you want to take a break from all the 3D animation and CGI that Hollywood keeps churning out, be sure to check this one out as it delivers a fresh experience with well thought-out characters
and a profound and moving story.

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