Movie review: 'Isle of Dogs' wags through an even weirder Wes Anderson path

Bill Murray, left, as "Boss" in "Isle of Dogs." [Photo provided by Fox Searchlight Pictures] Wes Anderson is a top dog when it comes to creating his own quirky, cinematic language and painstaking aesthetic details. There’s no shortage of both in his second full-length, stop-motion animated epic "Isle of Dogs." It’s a weird sorta film, even for him. Swashed in a Japanese-inspired glow, the film follows a pack of dogs who’ve been kicked out of a fictional Megasaki City and dumped at the tick, rat and flea infested Trash Island. They meet a 12-year-old kiddo named Atari (Royu Rankin) who disobeys his tyrannical uncle and crash lands a Junior-Turbo Prop in search of his furry bodyguard Spots, voiced by Anderson newcomer Liev Schreiber. There’s a good chance you’ve heard about the film’s alleged use of cultural appropriation. Anderson is a white director combining his world-building imagination with an appreciation for Japanese films. Quentin Tarantino’s twin "Kill Bill" flicks did the same thing 15 years ago without a hint of controversy in my memory. But times are changing, and it’s up to you how much you’ll let that hinder your choice to see the movie. I didn’t find anything too […]

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