I am a doggo in Lansdowne who lives in a quaint hill house with green doors. Granny says against them, I look like a deer galloping in the forest. But I guess I am not that big yet. Bunny in the lawn, perhaps yes.
If you were to ask me of my favorite colour, I’d say blue. Blue of the sky and that of the frisbee I so dearly loved until it glided over the hills and far away. Isn’t that’s how grief hits you ― a dog losing a frisbee, GoT being a year too far, and you not passing me that cheesecake…
As for the frisbee, one day I’m gonna grow up and run amock down the valley to retrieve it…
Yahaan se bahut door, galat aur sahi ke paar, ek maidan hai. Main wahaan milunga tujhe. ~Rumi
Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
I am… features snippets and stories of cats, dogs and other friends this roving dog have met in places near and far.
“Pain is strange. A cat killing a bird, a car accident, a fire… Pain arrives, BANG, and there it is, it sits on you.”, wrote the inimitable Bukowski, “It’s real. And to anybody watching, you look foolish. Like you’ve suddenly become an idiot. There’s no cure for it unless you know somebody who understands how you feel, and knows how to help.”
In Wes Anderson’s Isle of dogs (2018), set in the fictional Japanese city of Megasaki, you witness this pain through a boy’s eyes. As all of Japan’s good boys are declared sick and banished from the hearts and homes to Trash Island — under the false pretenses of “dog flu,” or “snout fever”, one kid sets forth to find his dog.
What follows is a delightful stop-motion animation; that flows like a fable, punctuated with intricate tunes from Alexandre Desplat and a stellar vocal cast ensemble boasting the likes of Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum and Scarlett Johansson.
Isle of Dogs review
The awkwardly beautiful tapestry of Trash Island where the poor abandoned dogs with their goofy faces and matted fur wander for scrap makes for a surreal setting. You can’t help but look at the similar themes in cinematic gems like White God (with not so subtle hints at immigration) or White Dog which questioned alienation and nationalism.
Isle of dogshas the dogs who speak English while humans, resort to Japanese. This translation technique works brilliantly ― almost like you are a dog watching the movie.