Saturday, November 02, 2019

Jojo Rabbit

It's never a good time to be a Nazi. As sad as it may be, "Jojo Rabbit" a fascinating satire set during World War II that is actually a biting critique of our modern world. Set in Germany during WWII, a young boy named Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis), enlists in a Hitler youth camp and dreams of growing up to be a Nazi. He has an imaginary friend named Adolf (Taika Waititi) who is a cartoony, buffoonish version of Hitler. Things go awry when he finds out his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl in their house. This highly stylized film goes from funny to drama in seconds and is successful at both. The incredible cast is filled with the likes of Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Alfie Allen, Stephen Merchant, and a scene-stealing performance from little Archie Yates who plays Jojo's accident-prone best friend. Taika Waititi's fantastic film is as blistering funny as it is emotionally wrenching and I simply enjoyed every moment of this gorgeous production. GRADE: A

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