Isle of Dogs is a great film. I went in with limited expectations. My six year old wanted to see the movie after watching a billion previews on this film. I love dogs. I love movies. I really like Wes Anderson. I love all the voice actors. But when the previews for Isle started, I began to second guess bringing my six year old.
This movie wasn't necessarily for little ones. Dogs = cute, but (SPOILERS!!!)... watching a dog bite the ear off of another dog = kind of gross. Then watching rats carry away said ear = double gross. But the movie kept mine and the little ones attention. She didn't really even care when the adults spoke Japanese. Her imagination was captured, and so was mine.
What began as a search for a boy's dog turned into something bigger. And all I can say is, damn those cat people! (No offense cat people, it's just that dogs are way better! No, kidding, I promise! I have some pretty cool cats.) The dogs were terribly entertaining, and by the time the movie ended, I wanted the dogs to stay with me a while longer. Even if one isn't a Wes Anderson fan, this movie manages a bit of light hearted comedy that is delivered by abandoned beasts amidst the backdrop of desolation and bleakness.