Isle Of Dogs (2018)
Twenty years into the dismal but somewhat precious future, Japan is beset by the most adorable plague on record — there's just too many dogs. But an outbreak of dog flu gives the anti-dog mayor of Megasaki an opening to do something about the problem, and all dogs are ordered quarantined to Trash Island, a freestanding landfill off the coast where the canine population is left to fend for themselves. Not everyone agrees with this plan, of course; one young man refuses to let go of his lost, beloved pet and makes a pilgrimage to and across the new Isle of Dogs, accompanied by a loyal team of furry pals he meets along the way. Can they fight the power of an entire government to reunite with his friend? Wes Anderson's second animated feature, Isle of Dogs is a love letter to a diverse range of Japanese creative influences, from the cinematograpic starkness and ensemble work of Akira Kurosawa to the nature-positive film-fables of Hayao Miyazaki, even down to the child-befriending apocalypse-adventures of Godzilla and Gamera. It's poignant and dreamlike, unreal but recognizably a neighbor to reality, full of subdued but perfectly moderated performances and interesting soundtrack choices — in other words, a new Wes Anderson movie.
1h 41m / PG-13 / Animated Adventure