I co-directed Cooties, Bushwick, and Becky with Cary Murnion.
Wes can compose a frame unlike anyone else, so symmetrical, layered, and graphic. There are more ideas and creativity in each frame of Isle of Dogs than most entire films. It’s too bad the story is a strange mess. Even though I love the complicated language caveat at the beginning, I think the constant translation added an emotional barrier which compounded my lack of connecting with film. The music sets an epic tone.
Undeniably, a masterclass in building sustained tension. From the first time you see the Somali pirates, the pressure builds as the stakes grow and grow.
SPOILERS: In the end when Captain P. is rescued, the stress should unwind but Hanks shellshocked traumatized performance is a punch in the gut. The emotional release of watching this man who has kept his composure over the course of the ordeal completely break down is intense.
I have no idea what this movie was about or what it was trying to say. It's a slow burn so maybe I got too bored and missed something, until the end where it seems to be trying to wrap-up all the threads in a 5 minute voice over explanation of ideas that were not clearly expressed throughout the rest of the film.
In the end, the film tried to explain something about choosing your…