Fantastic! Way ahead of it's time in it's feminist, multi faceted depiction of sex work. Also pro non-heternomative ways of living (ex: lesbian couples treated as normally as straight couples despite the era). This film is concrete evidence that "it was the times" is NOT an excuse for films to be racist, sexist or queer-phobic. Although the plot is predictable and a bit shaky at times, Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland are utterly brilliant and the historical viewing of it is fascinating. A must see!
Similarly to how Lost in Translation mocked Japanense culture in the name of “art” and “humor,” Isle of Dogs is a culturally appropriating mess. All of the Japanese characters are racist archetypes filtered through a Western perspective. Although the cinematography and mise-en-scene were fantastic, these issues cannot be ignored. Wes Anderson has always relied on gender roles in his films and this is no different. All of the main characters are men. And the women, besides the white savior figure, are only love interests without anything interesting to say. A dissapointment for such a creative vision.
An excellent dark comedy with great acting all around, especially on the the part of Margot Robbie and Allison Janney. As someone relatively unfamiliar with the story, I found the depiction of Tonya Harding moving and complex. We need more films like this with strong, multi-layered women. Well done!!
Note: The film was almost ruined for me by innapropriate laughter during intense scenes in the movie theatre. In no way is abuse a laughing matter. It’s important to stand up to violence in all it’s forms and support/respect one another.