Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs ★★★★

The stop-motion is beautiful, the evolution of Atari and Chief’s relationship made me soft, and as with all of Wes Anderson’s work, it’s a charmer. But there was also a strong feeling of discomfort that sat with me throughout the film. Just to jot a few down:

1. The language dislaimer in the opening was a flimsy excuse for Wes to indulge in Japanese stereotypes and imagery, and aestheticize the culture
2. The white savior trope was alive and kicking
3. The use of mushroom clouds, and
4. Apparently we’re supposed to be okay with the fact that SHE’S 17 AND HE’S 12!

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