Another strong short.
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.