ISLE OF DOGS / PG / 101mins
An animated film with political undertones, a love of Akira Kurosawa and a fetish for all things canine, Isle of Dogs begins when the cat-loving mayor of the fictional dystopia Megasaki City reacts to the spread of a virus, banishing all dogs to a refuse-infested island off the coast of Japan.
Foraging on scraps and fighting with other pups that roam this so-called Trash Island, our hero pooches include baseball mascot Boss (voiced by Anderson’s own mascot Bill Murray), rough ‘n’ ready stray Chief (Bryan Cranston) and trick-turning show dog Nutmeg (Scarlett Johansson).
When Atari (Koyu Rankin), the young ward of the mayor, comes looking for his own dog – the first pet to have been shipped away – this gang decide to journey across the island and escape with him back to Megasaki. Despite the breathless pace of it all, it’s flush with detail, right down to the fleas that weave in and out of the dogs’ fur. Every frame, every reference, has been thought through with loving care.
As is common for Anderson, there is a prologue, chapters and a voice-over, lending the film a storybook quality, but it all coalesces into something utterly unique.
With Harvey Keitel, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig and Frances McDormand also on vocal duties, Isle of Dogs is as daft as it is deft. Even cat lovers will dig it.
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