Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs is a stunning stop-motion masterpiece based in a fictional city within Japan called Megasaki. When all of the dogs in the city begin to mysteriously get sick with an unknown illness they are all sent away, to trash island, until a cure can finally be found.
12-year-old, Atari Kobayashi (Koyu Rankin), steals a plane and flies all the way to trash island in order to save his dog, Spots (Liev Schreiber). Along the way, he meets a group of dogs that are eager to help reunite the two, growing close to Chief (Bryan Cranston) who is the only dog in the bunch who was a stray before he was sent to trash island.
The film is full of fun and heartfelt scenes that embrace Japanese culture as well as the loyalty and companionship dogs are able to give to their owners. Although the movie isn’t mainly for children as it seems, it is still a light-hearted, feel-good movie that everyone should try to see. It’s authenticity makes it more interesting to watch, and this is what makes Anderson movies so great to see. They are all a genre of their own, from the short but deep dialogue to the aesthetically pleasing shots.