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Andrew Baron-Vartian

Isle of Dogs is not for everyone. Just from the advertisements alone, most people might brush this little film off as strange art piece. That being said, those who might have an interest in it might be surprised to find out that this cute story about a boy longing to find his dog is Wes Anderson’s best film. All aspects of this film are sincerely excellent, but the screenplay and direction are standouts. This is the film I’ve been waiting to see Anderson put out since I first watched The Royal Tenenbaums. Anderson the handles frenetic exciting scenes with such creativity and the emotionally driven moments with such grace. It’s a beautiful balancing act to witness.

Bryan Cranston’s performance is incredible, but he is just one standout in an excellent cast. The stop-motion was created and filmed with such creativity; specifically, how it was used in the film medium is groundbreaking. After all this praise, the greatest thing I can say about this film is that beyond the technical proficiency, beyond the creativity, it’s the beating heart that wins you over. You will catch yourself so immensely involved in this little story about a boy and his dog that your heart will hurt with every dramatic moment. Isle of Dogs is not for everyone, but for those with an open mind, it might just become one of your favorites.

Writing: 9/10
Direction: 10/10
Cinematography: 10/10
Acting: 9/10
Editing: 10/10
Sound: 9/10
Score/Soundtrack: 9/10
Production Design: 9/10
Casting: 10/10
Effects: 10/10

Overall Score: 9.5/10