“Isle of Dogs”: An Amazing, Different, Wacky Movie


Stephen Leeb III, Staff Reporter

In the world of movies, we live in a time of endless remakes, reboots, and sequels.

Sure, these movies are supposed to be entertaining, but instead I find myself bored. Too much action. Too little plot. No interest. Just take a look at the top three grossing movies of 2017. In order from top to bottom they are: “Star Wars”, “Fast and Furious”, and “Transformers”. All sequels, and all action movies made for mass consumption.

And then last week, I went to watch “Isle of Dogs”.

“Isle of Dogs” is a stop-motion film by Wes Anderson, a director most well known by our generation for his work on “Fantastic Mr. Fox”. This film revolves around the fictional Megasaki City, a small coastal city in Japan. The movie opens with all of the dogs in this city being deported to Trash Island, with the Megasaki government attributing this to overpopulation and disease. This doggie-deportation unfolds whimsically, and sets the tone for the rest of the movie: weird and clever.

From the opening, the story then explodes into a totally outlandish tale. The main plot begins with a little boy named Atari who flies an airplane to Trash Island in order to bring his disease ridden dog back to Megasaki City. Atari then stumbles upon a pack of dogs who help him on his journey to find his lost dog.

One of the most interesting aspects of this movie is that it escapes the norm of all other modern movies. There are many words on screen throughout the movie. The movie is broken up into acts, with title slides before every act. The main human characters speak in Japanese, without subtitles being provided. And there are some moments of the movie in which the picture is split-screen, with two different camera angles being played on separate sides of the screen at the same time. But with this irregularity comes a charm that is seldom found in most blockbusters today. It works well for the film, and as a consequence, this movie has heart.

So why should you, the reader, go out and see this wacky film by Wes Anderson?

Simply because it is different. This film is amazing in its own right. It got a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. It has some amazing voice acting by big names like Bryan Cranston and Bill Murray. It has an amazing score by Alexandre Desplat. But in all honesty, the reason you should go watch is to experience something new. In the time of overblown action movies, over-hyped Netflix series, and generally lifeless content, this film is a big breath of fresh air.