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Isle of Dogs - I Think I'm a Cat Person

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Submitted by Bethany on Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:11

I'm having a hard time figuring out how to start this review, as I think I'm still having a hard time figuring out exactly what I think about this movie.  On the one hand, it was an original story, told in a unique way, and I enjoyed parts of it. On the other hand, it was entirely too long, and at times I had trouble keeping my eyes open.  (A factor exacerbated by my choice of seats, we were too close to the screen for my comfort, whoops). 

The story is set in a future Japan, in which all dogs have been relegated to "trash island" by a corrupt political power who favors cats.  A young boy and a ragtag group of students band together to save the dogs and return them to their families on the mainland.  Much of the story is told from the viewpoint of the dogs themselves, whose barks have been "translated into English", while all the human characters speak in their native tongue, most of which is Japanese.  Every part of the movie was subtitled, which I actually enjoyed (I'm one of those people that has subtitles on for everything I watch at home; my hearing isn't great and accents are especially difficult for me).  

The animation was an unusual style and I didn't dislike it but I didn't love it either.  I found myself pretty invested in the story, though I do wish it had been more succinct.  I think at least 30 minutes could have been cut without losing much impact.  Even as I reach the end of my review I find myself rather undecided about my overall feelings about the movie, I think they just might be excessively neutral. If you like stories about animals, unusual stories, or Wes Anderson films, this one is probably for you.  Otherwise, I don't think you miss too much if you skip it.