If you’re like me, you often find yourself immersed in a movie. With a global pandemic occurring, there is no better time than the present to watch a good movie. Recently, I was exploring the works of Wes Anderson and came across one of his hit animated films: Isle of Dogs.
This film is a stop motion animation, created by famous director, Wes Anderson. With his well known success, I decided to give this film a shot. Knowing very little of the plot, I found myself instantly interested in what was unfolding.
The movie takes place in a foreign country where the mayor exiles dogs to a faraway island named “Trash Island.” Here the dogs spend their time lonely, hungry, and fearful. What stood out to me was the representation these dogs stood for. With the current events of racism, I instantly related the dogs to African-Americans facing racism.
After a couple of months on the island, an orphan who was adopted by the mayor, sets out on an adventure to trash island to find his previous dog named Spots. Breaking the rules of his own guardian, the orphan eventually is found by a group of friendly dogs who help him find Spots.
The movie follows their adventure and highlights modern events that need to be addressed. As I was getting deeper into the film, I began to dissect the dialogue between the dogs and the orphan. It then occurred to me that these characters were simply just wanting one thing, freedom.
In my opinion, this film does not only do an excellent job of engaging the audience into a good family-friendly tale of friendship and adversity but also awareness of our current world.
All together, Wes Anderson was able to create a film that appeals to all ages and is a valuable message to the human race of the importance of acceptance and companionship. Not only do I plan to recommend this film to others, but I also plan to practice better companionship in my daily life.