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Isle of Dogs is available to see in cinemas right now and it is another film directed by Wes Anderson that has received mostly positive reviews from film critics. While it has been criticised by some for the way it has represented Japanese culture, it has been praised for its animation, story as well as the performances given by the voice cast of which Liev Schreiber is a part of. X-Men Origins: Wolverine aside, I have liked Liev Schreiber in a lot of the films I have seen him in whether its Defiance, Spotlight or The Butler.
Isle of Dogs
I hope the same can be said once I see Isle of Dogs and, in a round-table interview with journalists at the Berlin Film Festival, Schreiber talked about various aspects of the film. Here is what he had to say on what he thought about Isle of Dogs after he saw it for the first time:
“The first time I saw it I took my kids to a color timing screening with Wes. I was just overwhelmed, personally, by the tone, the detail, the production design, the puppets, the models. I was like, this is amazing work! He’s really a tremendous curator. It’s all put into this kind of playful narrative; this sort of childlike narrative. There’s always very complex ideas playing in the film. That was my first experience of it; I was very happy.”
“Then I saw it last night and my experience was much more emotional. I noticed that Wes, who is a tremendously talented comedic director and writer, had pulled back on a lot of opportunities for gags and jokes. He was going for something more emotional and intimate, and I was surprised by that. I didn’t feel like, and I’m a great student of Wes so I know his movies, I was sort of surprised by how emotional he was going- particularly with my character.”
“The first time he hears his master’s voice, he makes tears in the dog’s eyes. The sound of, I can hear you, how excited the dog- the effect on me last night was the profundity of that relationship to dogs. How perhaps I’ve undervalued that, even as a dog lover.”
Schreiber also gave an update on whether filming on the next season of Ray Donovan has begun:
“No, but we’re working on the first five scripts, and Ray’s family’s there- for the most part. They come and go, and there are events that require their presence. Some of it we will continue to shoot in LA. Mickey’s in prison, Bunchy’s still in LA, Terry comes to New York to train that fighter, but there are some events fairly early on in the season that get them all together again.”
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