Isle of Dogs
First screened in March 2018 / Most recently screened in April 2018
Director: Wes Anderson. Voice Cast: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Kunichi Nomura, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Liev Schreiber, Frances McDormand, Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig, F. Murray Abraham, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Akira Ito, Yoko Ono, Akira Takayama, Ken Watanabe, Kara Hayward, Fisher Stevens, Roman Coppola, Courtney B. Vance. Screenplay: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Kunichi Nomura. Twitter Capsule:
Wes and I, together at long, long last. Every frame, sound, and movement amazes. Culturally slippery, but not stupid.
I could've ogled each image for ten minutes, and the sheer peculiarity, dense overlays of eras and idioms, and comic inventions thrilled me.
I've now read many critiques of its cultural distortions; I take many points in that case and agree the movie's missteps are in these areas.
Gargantuan ambition with the form of stop-motion animation, with its multi-character saga, and with their peculiar (and divisive) retro-futurist faux-Japan.