I am reading through reviews and have no idea how people think this movie was worth watching. Luckily I have movie pass so this pile of excrement didn't get my money, or I'd have asked for it back from the box office. The movie is tediously slow with below average imagery and poor writing. You know exactly how the movie is going to go, and just don't care about it the whole time. I couldn't sit still in the theatre because all I wanted to do was leave, which half the theatre did already by the end of the movie so it wasn't just me. Please don't do a sequel.
Isle of Dogs (2018) 1080p YIFY Movie
Isle of Dogs (2018) 1080p
Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog.
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The Synopsis for Isle of Dogs (2018) 1080p
An outbreak of dog flu has spread through the city of Megasaki, Japan, and Mayor Kobayashi has demanded all dogs to be sent to Trash Island. On the island, a young boy named Atari sets out to find his lost dog, Spots, with the help of five other dogs... with many obstacles along the way.
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I love dogs, but this suckedReviewed bymattbloom-23962Vote: 1/10
If you are expecting symmetrical compositions, deadpan humor and the occasional sudden bursts of uncomfortable violence with some emotion throw in then you know you have stepped into a Wes Anderson film. And that's what Isle of Dogs but a lot more political and serious then you might expect.
Isle of Dogs is set in an alternate future Japan where Mayor Kobayashi uses fear and paranoia to manipulate the people of Megasaki City to banish his family's ancient mortal enemy: dogs. With the dog population carrying a contagious flu, Kobayashi tricks the citizens into believing Trash Island (literally an island made of trash) is the only place the infected canines can be quarantined. But through the actions of his distant adopted nephew Atari to rescue his bodyguard dog Spots, he gains the aid from a pack of Alpha dogs Rex, Boss, Duke, King and reluctantly the stray Chief.
At first it may seem like it's a boy and his dog storyline but Anderson goes deeper then that. It is truly about the stray Chief finding his place in a xenophobic world. Because of his status as a wild stray, Chief isn't trustful of human society and sees the civilized democratic voting method by the other Alpha pack members as being more problematic then progressive. Chief's hatred for civilized politics becomes justified when we see how the people of Megasaki's decision-making process is very much influenced by the latest rumour and propaganda to portray the dogs as the threat to society. Its there that Anderson's political points become very clear that reflect on what is going within the political system today.By making most of the Japanese characters speak in their natural language while dogs are translated into English, it creates a language barrier that shows Atari as an outsider. This displays the divide that has been made between dog and mankind. But when Atari's noble actions speak louder then his own words, his kindness and sympathy changes Chief's view and he finds a greater purpose in life beyond just trying to survive. There it becomes more of a classic tale of a group of underdogs (no pun intended) fighting against people in power.
Where Isle of Dogs really succeeds beyond its politics is its world-building. Anderson creates so much history around Trash Island. His attention to detail makes each layer and cube of garbage feels so real and tactile. As the characters travel across the island, more is revealed of its tragic history to reflect on the dog population's own blight. Megasaki City is a bright shinning utopia that is in political disarray that has divided the people between the corrupted Kobayashi clan and the dog-supporting protesters.
Where Isle of Dogs I think does struggle with is that the Japanese characters outside Atari don't get as much characterizations and are more painted as broad archetypes. And since Anderson does not use that much subtitles for the Japanese dialogue, it can feel a bit disconnecting since I only speak English. It feels even more awkward the character that gets the most depth in Megasaki is the white American English-speaking foreign-exchange student Tracy Walker.
Not sure if it's a negative but Anderson, with lack of subtly and maybe its intentional, makes cats or at least cat people as the obvious villains. The fact that every evil member of the Kobayashi family has a devlish-looking cat as a pet to the mayor himself revealing to have a huge back tattoo of cats, it could shrugged the cat people community the wrong way.
While it does not top his previous film Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs is more spectacular, smarter and richer in detail then Wes Anderson's previous stop-motion film Fantastic Mr. Fox. It's a movie that I think adults will take more in then kids because of the heavy subject matter and dark themes.
OVERALL: I feel like this film suffered by trying to be too many things. I'm no cook, but I know that a cook can't just take a bunch of random ingredients they like, throw them together, and expect a good result. Isle of Dog is this type of mashup. For the Record, I'm capable of liking dogs, liking a post dystopia type environment, liking a heartwarming narratives about kids and their friendships with pets. I often like irreverent comedies. I like narratives that highlight political corruption when done well. This film tried to be all these things plus celebrate Japanese culture. No 100 minute film can very well pull off so many conflicting things. I think many people want to like this film because they like and care about all or many of these things. And people can relate to the passion of the filmmaking of Wes Anderson. And they like his individualism. But that doesn't make the substance of a movie good. It just gives one reason to want it to be good. I'm not a troll, but I expect down the line this film will lose a star or two, because at some point people will realize that this film doesn't effectively tell a good story.
The Good: The film does have some great animation and great voice acting. The timing, the cuts, and quirkiness are likable. Many of the jokes are entertaining. There is a joy and passion in this film. It's trying to be unlike any other movie. And it succeeds in this regard. And I really do respect that.
THE BAD: I don't know the genre of this movie, or could say in 20 words what this movie is about. I don't know a successful movie that can't describe itself by such basic parameters. If there's too much, one can't delve into some issues or some characters. And then, what is the audience left to care about? In 2 or so hours, you can only do so much. The two strongest descriptions for Isle of Dogs were that it was a quirky irreverent dystopic comedy, and it was a heart-warming drama about the love between people and their pets and their fight to reunite. Both are great. But if a film tries to go all-out in celebrating both, in this case, one doesn't compliment the other but instead contradicts and cripples the other. These styles are at odds with each other no matter how much an individual may like both. And such contradictions make it difficult to be invested in the story. I'm not saying that there can be no comedy in a drama or vice versa, but they need to feel like they exist within the overall comedic or dramatic foundation for the story which is being told. Dr. Strangelove makes a lot of dramatic political points. But it's clearly within it's comedic environment. Casablanca has some great humorous exchanges, but it never gives one the impression that there aren't still huge dramatic stakes. Isle of Dogs never establishes an environment that has some rules or consequences or meaning because it's always switching between two conflicting styles. This makes the film seem long especially the last 30 minutes or so. I was wondering when it would end. The interest in masterful visual and auditory aesthetics can only last so long. Eventually, I think about the substance. And this substance is always being rewritten, which makes it hard to feel much is at stake and worth caring about.
CONCLUSION: Style alone can't save this film, or I'd argue, any feature length film. I'd say Wes Anderson would be better off minimizing his ambitions for a future feature project so he can effectively give attention to a few things he really cares about, instead of undermining himself. Or he could just make a short quirky art film which highlights the joy of film-making and what can be done with art. He clearly has a talent for executing a vision, and has a unique spirt which should be appreciated. He just needs to be sure that his narrative vision is consistent, so it can be understood and fully appreciated from a story-telling perspective.