Isle of Dogs

I think I stumbled across this movie as I looked at my phone one day trying to find any good movies to watch on the weekend. Looking at the star-studded cast I went and checked out the trailer. It seemed good, definitely a movie that I would want to watch, but I never did. At least at the time. Weeks went by, and the movie stopped being shown in the cinemas. I remember being a little saddened by it because I did not expect it to fade out so quickly. In another few days, I had probably forgotten about it.

After a long while when I booted up my firestick to checkout content on Hotstar, I was mildly surprised to see Isle of Dogs in the recently added ones.

Of all movies, they got this!

I said to myself

Well, what do you know, I said to myself, I’m totally gonna watch this 🕺

And so I did. Just now actually.

The story intersects very much with Japanese culture. It feels longer than it actually is because there is a lot going on in the story, not because it was boring. The characterization is of course great, and it feels heavily inspired from Japanese anime/manga stories in the respect of having a wide spectrum of behaviors, habits, etc and also because of the different kinds of mindsets that characters have in those serializations.

The funny thing with the story would be that certain characters that you would think should get more development do not, but some totally other ones do. Although I find that to be okay, as a lover of different kinds of stories and such, I encountered reviews citing similar views. But those reviews were pretty crappy in my opinion, as they mainly highlighted all the negative things that they could find with Isle of Dogs. Don’t you get deterred by those. It’s definitely quite an underrated movie (in terms of viewership), not stars really. So people who have watched it enjoy it, but not many people have seen the movie, which is probably why it arrived on Hotstar shy of two months of its blockbuster release.

Upon reflecting further, I felt like the movie focused more on trying to deliver in terms of a complete story than delve into the smaller details of each scene, which I suppose appeal to some people more. I however, really enjoyed the film for what it tried to portray.

Weekend or not, if you just want to chill out and relax or watch something before your turn in for the night, you might want to tune in to this flick 😉

Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse

Dang! I haven’t posted in a long time, I’ve had my hands full with a lot of things. But a couple of interesting things happened along the way, for instance I watched the new Spider-Man animated movie <3

Looks might get a little deceiving with this one, the trailer is rad, have no doubt. But the movie got screened in the “Play House” section at my local theatre, and made me consider whether it was really only for kids or all kinds of audience. My skepticism had to eat crows, for the movie was way better than expected (well, actually I knew it had a great rating), but I would really say that this title is going to be remembered as one of the great animated movies ever created.

I should say that I am quite lucky to have watched this rare gem, I mean I went to watch it alone and came back to tell my friends how good it was. One of the best things about this movie was the unexpectedly great comedy that had the whole audience rolling on the floor with laughter. Then there was the childlike innocence that it came bundled with. The jokes didn’t contain any dark humor or anything, because let’s admit it, it was a kids movie. Just kidding!

Ghost in the Shell (2015)

When I got to the end of the movie, could see the link between this and the first GITS movie. It was then that several things made more sense, and this was perhaps the movie which made the most sense to me (who is not a hardcore fan and all).

Ghost in the Shell always excites me with the massive amount of depth comes because of the inherent setting of their world. I must say, that this kind of designing of a storyline is one of a kind and that is something I would remember this franchise for.

Especially when it comes to futuristic genres, where the setting consists of sophisticated robots and lightning fast computers that blow away our minds, it is super important to get things right (I mean the story) because say all you want, in the end it’s pure fantasy although I hope I am proven wrong. In that sense, the first movie of GITS was released 20 years ago which is a blasphemously long time, and in that age having such futuristic ideas (which are entertaining to watch even now) is utterly magnificent. It is genius. This is truly a classic franchise worth your time.

This movie as opposed to the sequel has more elements of comedy and definitely lesser gore and absolutely no nudity which I find surprising (because, you know). Also, I understood this movie better than the first (maybe it’s just me). Another thing I would venture out to say is that there is much more action in this one.

Perhaps the only thing that it lacked was the serious atmosphere (with all the gore, nudity and longer political talks) the original movie had made for the viewer which got the franchise its fans. However, I liked this one the most 🙂