Hot Take: Visually impressive, Isle of Dogs is another excellent effort from Wes Anderson who seems to only have excellent efforts.
I’ll be the first to admit Wes Anderson doesn’t always do it for me. This goes all the way back to his first films. I remember being told how important it was for me to see Rushmore and how much I’d love it. I didn’t love it. I don’t even know if I liked it. I couldn’t say it wasn’t a good movie though. It just didn’t work for me. That’s how it’s been with the entire filmography of Wes Anderson. I don’t always like what I see but I can never diminish the expert craftsmanship he displays. Here, in Isle of Dogs, Anderson combines his signature style with stop-motion animation (not the first time for that as he previously used stop-motion animation for Fantastic Mr. Fox), his ability to attract A-list talent and an incredible score from Alexandre Desplat to deliver a smart, funny, uncompromising and imaginative look at the relationship between man and dog that doesn’t rely on its political subplot to entertain. It’s one of Anderson’s better works although Moonrise Kingdom is still my favorite.Read More →