Glasgow Film Festival Review

Director Wes Anderson’s animated feature, Isle Of Dogs, last night received its UK premiere in front of a sell-out audience at this year’s Glasgow Film Festival.

We’re told at the beginning of the film that all the human characters will speak in their own tongue, or will occasionally be translated by the films narrator (Francis McDormand), whilst the dogs will have their barks translated into English.

Starring the voices of Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum Isle Of Dogs tells the story of how the corrupt cat loving mayor of a fictional Japanese city called Megasaki orders, after an outbreak of dog flu, all of the city’s dogs to be banished to a vast rubbish dump known as “Trash Island”.

After his dog called Spot is banished to the island, twelve year old Atari Kobayashi steals a plane and heads to the island in search of Spot. After crash landing Atari is befriended by a pack of dogs who help him travel across the Island in search of his lost dog.

Filmed in stop motion animation Isle Of Dogs looks absolutely fantastic. Story wise it can be somewhat on the slow side and using stop motion animation tends to make the characters feel a bit soulless. However that’s not to take anything away from what is a visually stunning work of art and if you’re a fan of Wes Anderson’s previous films, especially his other animated film, Fantastic Mr. Fox, there’s nothing to suggest that you won’t find Isle Of Dogs highly entertaining.

Isle Of Dogs Opened this years Glasgow Film Festival on Wednesday 21st February 2018

Isle Of Dogs (PG)

1h 40m

Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Kunichi Nomura, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig

UK Release: Friday 30th March 2018

Isle of Dogs - "OK, it's Worth It" Clip

Isle of Dogs - "Whats Your Favourite Food" Clip