Review: Jojo Rabbit
Run, little rabbit.
Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) is a 10 year old fanatic joining a Hitler Youth camp in Germany. He tries to be devout, but he's awkward and scared. He also sees Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi) as an imaginary friend. His world views are challenged when he finds out his mother, (Scarlett Johnasson) is hiding a Jewish girl, Elsa (Thomasin Mackenzie) in their home.
This has been one of my most anticipated films of the year. I love Taika Waititi, everything he does is so much fun but making a satire about Nazis was a risky move. Thankfully, it paid off as this is easily one of the best films I've seen all year.
Roman Griffin Davis is an extraordinary young actor. Jojo is such a vulnerable character and even though he's spouting off some terrible nonsense, you realize he's a product of his environment. His mother tries to change that, and I loved their scenes together. They were so warm and sweet and of course being a mother to a son myself made me even more sappy about it.
The comedy was wonderful, this film keeps you laughing then absolutely punches you in the gut. Then after you've sat with the harsh reality for a bit, it gives you a few more chuckles and ends on a lovely note. It also has probably one of the best uses of a PG-13 "fuck" ever in film.
Memorable Quote: "I need a cuddle." - Yorki (Archie Yates)