Issue 110

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22 ISSUE 110 / 2018 FILM Not that Isle of Dogs doesn't have more going for it than its charming appearance. A heart-warming, revolutionary spirit runs through this socially conscious sci-fi, set in a dystopian, near-future Japan, where the country's entire canine population has been exiled to Trash Island in the wake of a dog flu virus outbreak. After a young orphan named Atari (Koyu Rankin) journeys to the island in the hope of finding his beloved dog Spots (Liev Schreiber), five canines voiced by Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum and Bob Balaban make it their mission to reunite the pair. Throughout a noble odyssey that sees the film's ragtag team cross paths with a corrupt mayor, a pack of robot dogs and an assortment of colourful characters voiced by famous names (Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig and Frances McDormand, to name a few), Isle of Dogs suggests parallels with some of the darkest chapters in recent human history, from the atrocities of the Third Reich to the AIDS epidemic to the internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War – not to mention the current tensions around issues of immigration. Man's inhumanity to man (or, in this case, dog) is faced down by Anderson's typical deadpan humour, revealing the endearingly flawed humanity in his canine characters as they defy the strict, dehumanising order imposed on them by a tyrannical government. There's enough wit, artistry and compassion crammed into these 101 minutes to make this one of the most entertaining flicks of 2018. 'ISLE OF DOGS' IS ONE OF THE YEAR'S MOST DAZZLING FEATS OF ANIMATION The painstaking prettiness of Isle of Dogs is not only the best argument for checking out Wes Anderson's first feature-length foray into animation since 2009's Fantastic Mr Fox.

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