Why ‘Isle of Dogs’ Is Wes Anderson’s Best Doggone Movie To Date

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Welp, he’s done it again. Wes Anderson has somehow convinced us that there are still original movies left to be made. And while each of his films has its own personal charm, this one has a little bite of each to it, making Isle of Dogs his best movie to date. And still, it’s very relevant to today.

For those of us who live for the crass commentary of Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums, or those of you who appreciate the grand landscapes of The Darjeeling Limited, The Grand Budapest Hotel or The Life Aquatic, there’s a bit of both to this instant canine classic. And then there’s those of you (me) who will watch Fantastic Mr. Fox on repeat until your (my) eyes fall out, not to mention the other classic Wes Anderson staples we know and love.

The futuristic tale of a doggy flu-infested Asian dystopian where pups are quarantined on a trash island (also known in real life as floating ocean gyres) embodies the camaraderie, wit, dry humor, unique setting, fantastic stop-motion and top-notch casting that Anderson has consistently shown us over the last two decades. If you were looking for a charming tale with a bit of originality to it, you may want to find a select showing of Isle of Dogs now. It’d be a doggone shame if you didn’t.

With Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson, Ed Norton, Bill Murray (Isle of Dogs being their eighth time together), Frances McDormand and Jeff Goldblum on board (just to name a few), how could you go wrong? Are you foaming at the mouth yet? Well, you damn well should.