The film Jojo Rabbit was released on October 18, 2019. The film is a comedy drama that has a cast of up and coming actors, and several that are famously known. The cast includes actor/director Taika Waittti, Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Stephen Merchant, Rebel Wilson, and Aflie Allen, who all standout in the movie.
Jojo Rabbit is a movie about a young boy named Jojo (Davis), who is growing up in Nazi Germany during WWII. As a German boy, he idolizes Adolf Hitler, so he becomes part of the Hitler Youth, and his imaginary friend is HItler (Waittti) himself. Jojo lives with his mother Rosie (Johansson), and although they have a good relationship, they often clash when it comes to Hitler and how he believes that their race is superior. One day, Jojo finds out his mother his hiding a young Jewish girl, Elsa(McKenzie). At first, Jojo is frightened and fearful of the girl, as the nazi regime made Jewish people look like mosters and not human. For a long time, he would treat the girl as his enemy, but overtime, he befriends her and slowly starts to change his views on his beliefs, realizing people of other races are people too.
The movie starts off as a comedic film, as the director made Nazis seem like a joke for the first half, but once Jojo discovers Elsa in his house, the film shifts to the more serious aspects There are several events in the movie that take place that helps reshape Jojo’s views on the world.
This mood shift was a surprise to many that watched the film, which proved to be successful. Overall, the movie is a good comedic film, and at the same time has well directed emotional parts. I would give the film an 8/10, because the directing was very good, the film quality was stellar, as well as the acting. The only real issue with the movie is the comedic part of the film seemed very short compared to the more serious part of the movie, and the mood shift came out of nowhere, with no development. If you liked other movies from Taika Waittti, such as Thor and Avengers, you will like this movie because they are all excellently directed, good plot and direction, and the picture quality is also superb.
Reporter: Andrew Camberos