Wes Anderson’s Isle Of Dogs has been hailed as one of the cult director’s greatest films to date, after it premiered at the Berlin Film Festival.
The stop-motion animation follow a pack of dogs who are forced to fight for survival after a canine-borne disease in Japan results in their exile to a bleak and barren island.
But despite the child-like exterior, the film has been praised for the way in which Anderson transforms into into one of his darkest and weirdest creations to date.
“Everything you might expect to be cute, charming and generally edible about a canine-themed Wes Anderson stop-motion animation is spectacularly upended, then poured into a landfill, during Isle of Dogs”, Tim Robey wrote for The Telegraph.
“Just unveiled as the Berlin Film Festival’s star-packed opening night film, as The Grand Budapest Hotel was before it, this is by some measure Anderson’s weirdest concoction ever, in all sorts of good ways. And it probably counts as his most daring, too.”
“This hugely enjoyable package shows an indefatigably fertile imagination letting rip in inimitable style – and packing an eco-themed, antibigotry message as well. You can rest assured, Anderson ain’t selling us no pup”, a four-star review from The Guardian stated.
The Independent’s Geoffrey McNab added: Anderson is clearly a dog lover himself and his film is bound to appeal to anyone who shares his passion. All in all, the film is quite a treat.”
Isle Of Dogs is released in the UK on March 30.