alongside Norton, Murray and Goldblum you might also catch the dulcet tones of Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Liev Schrieber, Frances McDormand and Yoko Ono (though you probably won’t catch Anjelica Huston, who plays “mute poodle”).
And this being a Wes Anderson film about dogs, it is both a film about dogs and also a love-note to the Japanese film-makers by whom Anderson and his band of co-writers, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Kunichi Nomura, are fascinated; even the fact of being a band of co-writers is a nod to the script-creating habits of Akira Kurosawa. But just when you’re steeling
Rashomon Seven Samurai Drunken Angel, The Bad Sleep Well, High and Low and Stray Dog), before moving on to the monster movies of Ishirô Honda and the post-war works of Yasujirô Ozu, remember that this is also a sweet film about a little boy looking for his lost dog. And that can be enough.
King (Bob Balaban) and Boss (Bill Murray) with new pal Atari (Koyu Rankin) in Isle of Dogs.