Sunday, April 22, 2018

Isle of Dogs

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.

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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.

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