Isle of Dogs

Apr 04, 18 Isle of Dogs

I have 2 double passes for the preview screening of ISLE OF DOGS, 6:00pm for a 6:30pm screening, Tuesday 10 April, at Palace Barracks Cinemas

For your chance to win a double pass, answer the question below:

“What is your favourite breed of dog and why?”

Put your answer on Twitter, Instagram (with the hashtag #IsleOfDogs, tagging @reviewbrisbane), Facebook, or below!

In Cinemas APRIL 12
But see it first, at the preview screening!


ISLE OF DOGS is the new highly anticipated film by visionary filmmaker Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox).

ISLE OF DOGS tells the story of ATARI KOBAYASHI, 12 year old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage –dump, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior –Turbo Prop and flies to Trash Island in search of his bodyguard-dog Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

The all-star voice line up boasts Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Live Schreiber, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Kunichi Nomura, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Akira Ito, Greta Gerwig, Akira Takayama, Frances Mcdormand, F. Murray Abraham, Courtney B. Vance, Yojiro Noda, Fisher Stevens, Mari Natsuki, Nijiro Murakami, Yoko Ono, Harvey Keitel and Frank Wood.

Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox 



If you’ve ever watched a Wes Anderson film before, you’ll sort of know what to expect with each new film he delivers; a quirky story, a bunch of oddball characters, an impressively talented ensemble cast and an immaculately shot feature presentation. Isle of Dogs is his latest offering and it sees the director return to the world of stop-motion animation.

Isle of Dogs is one hell of a breathtaking film to watch, with the fine detail in the stop-motion animation and the meticulous framing of every single shot making it feel as if you’re staring at a piece of fine art hanging on the wall rather than a film. When a film like this comes along, you can’t help but sit back and just admire it.

The story is such a heartwarming one, Atari’s determination and loyalty towards finding Spots together with the story behind Chief’s coldness towards humans making for a film very hard not to take a liking to, the richness to both the narrative and characters will make you just fall in love with some of the dogs on show. The film is topped off with some of Anderson’s signature dry humour that had the audience in raptures at times.

Coming to the performances, Isle of Dogs features a fountain of talent lending their voices to proceedings. Vocal performances can often be forgotten in the midst of all of the year’s performances however, some of the work here deserves to be remembered for a long, long time. Bryan Cranston’s work on the voice of Chief is so spot on that he’ll be close to bringing the audience to tears and Edward Norton is wonderfully funny as Rex, the dog in the group questioning Chief’s leadership.

Isle of Dogs shows a case of not being able to teach an old dog new tricks for Wes Anderson however, when he can repeat those tricks as well as he does, it becomes a film that entirely deserves all the praise it gets for being such a sheer bundle of joy to behold.

1 Comment

  1. So excited to see this one. I’ve seen every Wes film in the cinema since Rushmore (I’ll track down a screening of Bottle Rocket one of these days) and Fantastic Mr Fox is arguably his best film so I’m excited to see what this next foray into stopmotion brings 🙂 Great review!

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