Jojo Rabbit Review
Twentieth Century Fox
What’s It About?
A fanatical 10-year-old member of the Hitler youth has his world fall apart when he discovers that his mother has been hiding a Jewish girl in their attic.
Who’s In It?
Roman Griffin Davis (debut)
Thomasin McKenzie (The Changeover, Leave No Trace, & more recently The King)
Other notables include:
Sam Rockwell (Moon, Iron Man 2, & more recently Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Scarlett Johansson (Lost In Translation, Avengers Assemble, & more recently Marriage Story)
Director: Taika Waititi (Eagle vs Shark, What We Do In The Shadows, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, & more recently Thor: Ragnarok)
Director Taika Waititi is known for his offbeat humour, and after the brilliant Eagle vs Shark in 2007 and then vampire comedy What We Do In The Shadows, he was surprisingly given the reins for the last Thor movie, Ragnarok. And yet, despite it being one of many Marvel films, Waititi still managed to completely infuse it with his humour.
Well there is no doubt that Jojo Rabbit is his biggest challenge yet. Although it has been done before in films like The Great Dictator and The Producers, making a comedy involving Hitler and Nazis is something of a tightrope to walk. And it appears that Jojo Rabbit is proving something of a marmite film to some critics.
The film centres on young Hitler youth fanatic Jojo Betzler, who finds out that his mother is harbouring a young Jewish girl in their attic. Initially appalled, Jojo is soon torn between his hatred for Jews, as directed by his imaginary friend no less than Adolf Hitler himself, and his growing interest in the young girl.
Mixing humour and warmth in this heady cocktail of a film, Jojo Rabbit really blossoms thanks to a fine performance from debutant Roman Griffin Davis, and the already hugely impressive New Zealand actress Thomasin McKenzie, who was phenomenal in Leave No Trace alongside Ben Foster and is no doubt destined for truly great things.
Unsurprisingly Scarlett Johannson and Sam Rockwell deliver wonderful supporting roles, with additional comedy turns from Alfie Allen, Rebel Wilson and Taika Waititi himself.
In A Nutshell:
A quirky offbeat and truly touching comedy about Nazism which shouldn’t work, but somehow does – and brilliantly.
The performances of the two leads – newcomer Roman Griffin Davis and the incredible Thomasin McKenzie
Despite the subject matter, Taika Waititi somehow finds both humour and tenderness
Certificate: 12 / 12A