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  • Amir Steklov

Isle of Dogs - (2018)

Director: Wes Anderson.

So, what works in Wes Anderson's films? - Many people talk about his compositions and Symmetry. But I think it's more to do with motion: I recognize 2 types of intertwined motions in his films: * The first is the motion on the screen: sharp camera movements without ease-in/out. Very artificial, fast and precise movements of characters and objects inside the frame that are in close-up or long-shoot - not much in between. * The 2nd motion is the dramatic movement of character and plot developments. Anderson chooses to rush important plot points with fast, artificial and informative dialogues. As if he is not interested in those crucial moments what so ever. This projects a contrast between audience expectations and cinematic execution - for many people this is Anderson's "quirky humour".

Both motions are mechanic, fast and sharp. They work together to make us feel the style is mature and confident. But in reality I believe Wes Anderson afraids to express emotions, empathy and gracefulness. He just covers it up with center compositions, color palettes and naïve music.

Verdict: 3 / 5 ★ - Not bad.

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