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Coronavirus Double Feature: Contagion (2011) & Isle of Dogs (2018)

I’m not making fun of the terrible situation happening all around the world right now, but just as I watched lots of wedding movies when I was planning my own, watching movies about parenting when I was pregnant, I seem to have found myself watching movies about pandemics what with Coronavirus getting worse each day. If you can’t make light of a bad situation, what can you do?


It started with Isle of Dogs, which has been on my watchlist ever since it came out 2 years ago. I had no idea what it was actually about other than that it was a Wes Anderson movie and I definitely needed to see it. Once I realised it was about how all dogs get banished to an island because of an outbreak of canine flu, my mind started creating links, and I don’t know about anyone else but for me it seems all my family, friends and work colleagues have been watching Contagion over the weekend so hey presto! Double feature.

Isle of Dogs is a delightful little movie. I’ve always been a fan of stop motion animation and know the sheer amount of work that goes into creating each second of footage. I never expected it to still look so ‘Wes Anderson-y’, if that makes sense? It’s only been in very recent years that I’ve discovered Wes Anderson, and I’m definitely a fan. There’s so much to enjoy about Isle of Dogs, from its gorgeous art style to its witty dialogue, to its heartwarming story.


Which brings us to Contagion, a movie that is currently sitting at #5 in the iTunes Movie Chart, beating movies such as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Doctor Sleep. I guess the biggest draw about Contagion is that apart from the fact the virus in the movie kills it’s victim within a matter of days, so many other details are scarily similar to the Cornonavirus!

It boasts a stellar cast including Matt Damon, Gwenyth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Lawrence Fishburne and Jude Law, and if you haven’t watched it yet, give it a couple of hours of your time instead of stockpiling toilet paper!

On a serious note – since I started this post there has been a confirmed case of Coronavirus at the hospital 2 miles from my house, and our Government has delayed reporting on the current number of cases today. It’s a scary world to be in right now, so stay safe, and wash your hands you detty pigs!

10 thoughts on “Coronavirus Double Feature: Contagion (2011) & Isle of Dogs (2018)

  1. I have not seen Isle of Dogs yet but I have been wanting to!

    Contagion… why would anyone want to torture themselves watching this right now!? Then again, I am reading The Stand so… ๐Ÿ˜€ I do remember enjoying the movie though.

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  2. also just watched Contagion and Outbreak earlier this week due to our global situation.

    My review of outbreak went live on sun and contagion will be up in abt 30 min.. keep ur eyes peeled.

    u r so right abt the similarities despite it being a complete work of fiction.

    wasn’t the biggest fan of isle, but it also definitely seems quite relevant right now ๐Ÿ™‚

    great work as always allie!


  3. That is an interesting double-feature. Isle of Dogs is awesome while I also enjoyed Contagion though I don’t think I’d want to watch it now considering the shit we’re in while our dumb-fuck dictator claims the flu is worse… What an imbecile.


  4. Great idea for a post! I’m doing a Double Feature post tomorrow myself on a similar (dreadful) topic. I haven’t seen Isle of Dogs but Contagion is something that’s truly scary to watch then, I’m sure it’s even more chilling to watch now.


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