Emma Coons, Wes Fanatic

Okay, let me preface this by saying I am very biased. I LOVE Wes Anderson movies; I mean, 3/5 of my Top 5 movies are by him (being: The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Rushmore). So yes, I absolutely, positively, in every possible way: LOVED IT!!! I’ve been excited about this movie for literally years, ever since the teaser that Anderson was making it came out. It was everything I had hoped for, so let me tell you why.

I enjoyed that Anderson played with color. He usually uses neutral and muted tones, like in Moonrise Kingdom and Fantastic Mr. Fox, but in Isle of Dogs he used more saturated, darker tones to illicit a darker vibe. This difference was noticeable and noticeably smart. Also his choice to keep all the Japanese-speaking characters in Japanese and not sub-titled or dubbed (except for when translators translated) was unique and fresh. Alexandre Desplat’s original stylings in the background also added depth to Anderson’s (along with a few other co-writers, including Jason Schwartzman) story.
Of course, Anderson’s signature symmetry and shots were present as well giving this movie a fine place in your Anderson archive.
In conclusion, you need to see this movie. I know I’m very biased, but like, y’all…it’s so good. Do know what you’re getting into, though. It’s a Wes Anderson film in every aspect, so yes, it’s artsy. It’s hilarious too! Go in with an open mind ready for smiles if you’re not already a Wes Anderson fan, and if you are, dang, you’ve probably already seen it.