This is a repeating eventmarch 28, 2018 7:30 pm
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. They're crowding the streets, choking
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. They’re crowding the streets, choking the alleyways, and really annoying the cat people. 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 filled with the director’s own particular brand of excruciating attention to detail, thrown into sharp relief through precision stop-motion craft. But it’s not just his eye for specificity that he brings back to this project — his portfolio of performers returns, with voice work from Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johannsson and more. 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.