Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson, 2018) animation; release 13Apr18

Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog.

Even more than most of Anderson’s films, Isle of Dogs will attract repeat viewings because it is so densely packed with sly visual gags and quietly hilarious minor characters (such as Tilda Swinton’s Oracle Dog, whose mystic reputation is down to quoting TV news headlines as if they were prophecies) that a single watch won’t pick up half the prizes. Many one-off images are startlingly beautiful, yet oddly melancholy, often finding fascinating things to see in literal detritus – the aftermath of a plane crash on a sea of waste paper, with the wreck at the centre of a burned circle … or the clouds of dust kicked up whenever animals or humans need to have an old-fashioned cartoon-style mêlée. Kim Newman, Sight and Sound.

Garry Gillard | reviews | New: 26 July, 2018 | Now: 26 July, 2018