It's frustrating to see this post-Isle of Dogs. By no means perfect, but it shows the man can make motivated aesthetic and thematic use of an unfamiliar setting. Wish he'd done the same this year
New Zealand has my full endorsement to continue its invasion of global indie comedy. A love story between two, exceptionally developed and wildly different friends, Sami and van Beek's energy is as infectious as it is sharp and relentless. It's an absolute pleasure to see the overlap in style and influences between this and works like Flight of the Conchords or Waititi's filmography, but rest assured this film stands tall on its own in the exciting landscape of New Kiwi comedy.
Isle Of Dogs is an orientalist dumpster fire mess. Spoilers to follow.
Anderson’s shameless recycling of classic tropes isn’t just tired and dangerous, it’s completely unnecessary. The film gains literally nothing from being set in Japan, not narratively not thematically.
There’s absolutely no reason why #sle Of Dogs couldn’t have been set in the US. In fact, it’s political and environmental overtones would’ve easily worked a thousand times better in a futuristic American setting rooted in present anxieties around increasing…