Movie Review: JoJo Rabbit

February 8th, 2020

Details from IMDB:

Jojo Rabbit (2019)

PG-13 | | ComedyDramaWar | 8 November 2019 (USA)
 
A young boy in Hitler's army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

Director:

 Taika Waititi

Writers:

 Taika Waititi (screenplay), Christine Leunens (novel)

 

Initial Thoughts:

I've been fascinated with WWII for a long time. It was one of the darkest times in recent history and yet there are so many incredible tales of heroism and strength of the human spirit. This movie is fiction but it's certainly something that could have happened in the waning days of Nazi Germany. Of course, I love Taika Waititi, so since he wrote, directed and starred in the movie, I had to see it.

Main Points:

I won't get into my fascination with WWII as it really doesn't matter to this review. Everyone here does a great job with their roles, I was surprised to see people like Rebel Wilson and Stephen Merchant take on more serious roles. The movie displays just how ridiculous/sad the Nazis became at the end of the war in Europe. 

Taika Waititi makes the very brave choice of playing Hitler (he's Jewish) and does a great job. Hitler has been played so many times but I really enjoyed how Taika just makes him a silly/stupid/childish person because despite all his monstrousness, in the end that's what he was.

Scarlett Johansson is amazing here and I hope she wins the best-supporting actress. The young boy (and star of the movie) Roman Griffin Davis is also incredible. You can really get an amazing performance from a child actor with the right director.

Final Thoughts:

This is getting long so I'm cluing this up. The movie does touch on the holocaust and what happened to people who hid those of Jewish faith away to try and save their lives. I think most importantly it shows how dangerous misinformation/propaganda can be and how ignorance/racism can be overcome if you just open your eyes and see that we are truly, all the same, just people. 

I loved this movie and I hope it wins lots of awards. I give it a very solid 8.5 out of 10 and a strong recommendation. This is an important movie to show to young adults, about what war/racism/courage and love mean. Due to violence and some coarse language I would say ages 13+.