A few months ago, we let you into a little secret that yep, Wes Anderson really IS a genius. Of course, you probably already knew that, but a gentle reminder isn’t too bad every now and then – especially after he released the epic trailer for his brand new stop-animation movie, Isle of Dogs. Although the movie will not be officially released in theaters until March 23, the movie has made its debut as the opener at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival, and it’s fair to say that for Wes, it was a walk in the park.
Anderson is using this brand new stop-motion movie to make his triumphant return back into the world of cinema, after his mic-drop moment when he released The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014. The new film has been inspired by the Japanese film director, Akira Kurosawa, and his legendary Seven Samurai and Rashomon movies. Isle of Dogs takes place in a futuristic and dystopian Japanese landscape, during an era where the dogs have all been banished to their own island (AKA the ‘Isle of Dogs’) after a bout of canine flu. However, the island isn’t exactly the Bahamas, and these dogs don’t just sit there clipping their nails and drinking cocktails. Instead, the island is full to the brim with garbage – as one young boy finds out, after he travels to the Isle of Dogs to find his lost pooch. Considering Wes Anderson has managed to persuade the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Jeff Goldblum, Bryan Cranston, Tilda Swinton, Yoko Ono and Bill Murray to join his cast, it’s fair to say that everyone expected big things, but nobody expected the response of the Berlin Film Festival critics.
Yuh-huh, the Berlin Film Festival attendees LOVED it! Of course, they thought it was barking mad – but what else do you expect from the iconic Wes Anderson? With a remarkable 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, we expect even bigger and better results for this movie when it is officially released. But for now, check out some of our favorite initial reviews:
This is by some measure Anderson’s weirdest concoction ever, in all sorts of good ways. And it probably counts as his most daring, too. – Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph UK
Say ‘Isle of Dogs’ fast and it comes out sounding an awful lot like ‘I Love Dogs’ – which makes sense, since that’s pretty much the chief takeaway from Wes Anderson’s delightful new animated feature. – Guy Lodge, Variety
Don’t let the fluffy faces fool you. Wes Anderson’s latest animation delivers talking dogs and snicker-inducing scenarios. But it’s also bleak and frequently unsettling, a dazzling family movie with the darkest of hearts. – Kevin Maher, Times UK
The unique charm of Isle of Dogs is its bottomless vault of curios, its sly humor, playful graphic inserts and dexterous narrative detours. – David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter