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ntan

Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson's second stop-motion animated feature, is a delight. Visually spectacular, filled with wonderful details suited to Anderson's unique style.

I feel like this must be addressed as well. Many have accused it of cultural appropriation. Ignore it. Do not give it any thought, people just insist on finding something to complain about.

I had a great time with Isle of Dogs, even though sometimes the story stalls. Definitely in Anderson's top 5.

4.5/5
8 months 1 week ago
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peterskb45

Wes Anderson combines his knack for dioramas and tidy set design with futuristic Japanese culture. He always adds just a tinge of darkness to his perfect and meticulously created worlds.
8 months 1 week ago
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Siskoid

Wes Anderson's stop-motion homage to influential Japanese film-makers (so influential, you'll sometimes think he's referencing spaghetti westerns), Isle of Dogs (cute pun), is indeed a feast for the eyes. I'm not surprised that such a meticulous director who create something so rich in detail, a diorama come alive, with a great voice cast, juggling tragedy and comedy with a deft touch. I WAS surprised, however, that the film was so political, evoking the horrors of the past, present and hopefully not future in its use of propaganda, concentration camps, and genocide. I like the canine cast a lot - it delivers laughs, pathos and variety - while the humans have their own fun/tragic dramas going on. Isle of Dogs is clever and fun to look at, possibly touching, but most of all, it's charming as all get-out. Give your pet a cuddle when you come out of this one.
7 months 2 weeks ago
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zheller667

This movie is absolutely gorgeous. Some of the best set design I've seen in years.
8 months ago
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catherinefrances

I really wanted to go home and pat my dog because he is a good boy.
8 months ago
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12D3

I liked it. I thought that it was going to be anti-cat/pro-dog propaganda (especially after seeing some of the cringy "good boi" comments here), but they handled it pretty well. It didn't end with spoiler (which is what I was worried about), so it was fine to me.

I guess the only thing that I was really disappointed with was how serious it was. A lot of people here mention how it's a blend of comedy and seriousness, but to me it was more like a drama with a sprinkle of comedy. I have no problem with dramas (I love them), but I guess that I was thinking that it would be similar to Fantastic Mr. Fox. I loved the humour it that film, so I think my expectations for something similar in this film were a little too high.

It was an absolutely gorgeous film, though. I was in awe many, many times. I really hope he continues to use this medium for his films; just admiring the sets and watching things move is fascinating enough.

All in all, I liked it. Not sure if it's something that I'd see again, but if I did then it'd certainly be to see that eye candy.
5 months 1 week ago
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The Tramp

I love dogs
6 months 2 weeks ago
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Cavalerie

Instantly became one of my favourite movies. I find a 8.1 IMDB score too low!
7 months ago
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Emiam

6+/10
Wes Andersson... Wes Andersson... Wes Andersson... He's Swedish ancestry and he's sometimes quite special.
2 weeks 3 days ago
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vosabanci

Great visuals, amazing details and direction. But the story is beyond atrocious.
2 months 1 week ago
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Mannus

really cool movie! the style, the music, so cool!
7 months ago
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Windill

The movie is amazingly beautiful, albeit with imperfect narrative. But I got appalled as soon as I saw the main character - a Japanese boy - pictured with a yellow complexion... And this idea of showing a band of passive Japanese teenagers being led by a resolute (white) American from Cleveland, Ohio...
Ouch...
What a fail!
That was the most desastrous demonstration of love for Japanese culture I ever saw!
Wasted beauty...
Still worth seeing because beauty is always fascinating.
7 months 2 weeks ago
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