Wes Anderson is one of the few visionary filmmakers left on the planet, a director who has the ability to bring a very distinct, specific sensibility to every movie that he touches. He's a true original, never dabbling in franchise material or drawing from anything but his own imagination. And it honestly seems like he just keeps getting better and better. After breaking onto the scene during the American independent movement of the late 1990s, Anderson has continually improved his craft and style to the point where he is consistently delivering masterpieces. 2009's Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of the most innovative animated films of the last decade, Moonrise Kingdom is a delightful burst of unadulterated cinematic pleasure, and without a doubt in my mind, 2014's Oscar-nominated The Grand Budapest Hotel is his crowning achievement. That film took home four Oscars and was the first of Anderson's projects to receive a Best Picture nomination, further establishing him as one of the foremost auteurs on the planet. After a hiatus that was far too long, Anderson is returning next year with Isle of Dogs. Check out the first poster below!
While there are plenty of big movies to be excited about in 2018 like Avengers: Infinity War, the Han Solo movie, The Incredibles 2, and Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, there's no question that Anderson's new film will stand as one of my most anticipated films of the year. The director is returning to stop-motion animation with a jam-packed cast, one that includes Anderson favorites as well as newcomers like Scarlett Johansson and Bryan Cranston. The film has been rumored to blend Anderson's iconic style with the atmosphere of Akira Kurosawa, which is a truly exciting proposition for cinephiles. In addition to the first poster, Searchlight announced that Isle of Dogs will hit theaters on April 20, 2018. It'll be a nice bit of counter-programming before next year's massive summer blitz. I'm all in on this film, and I cannot wait to see more.
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