Taika Waititi is back with another movie this year and very much controversial to the least with the Nazis as a central theme. Now, before going in this review I think this is the kind of movie you either love it or hate it. Because what I’ve learned from experience is that any movies that trying to fuse comedy and serious subjects like wars, Nazis and World War II is not going to be well-received. But when executing greatly, it can work. That’s what I love about Jojo Rabbit.
Jojo as the main character is a Nazi fanatic kid who’s very much excited to serve Hitler. However, along his journey, he will find out that the ideologies and praises that he created – or what society around him created- are not all roses and gold, especially after an unlikely encounter that will disturb his devotion to the country.
As for the cast, brilliant choice. Roman Griffin Davis who plays Jojo himself, is simply a new star ready to be born on screen. What I appreciate the most is seeing Scarlett Johansson playing Rosie (who’s such a ray of sunshine kind of character), finally in a role that can prove to the world she can be in a comedy, drama and all the while a very motherly character.
And of course, Taika Waititi himself delivers a marvelous and very entertaining performance as Hitler. He clearly showed that Nazis are.. pathetic. They are not pictured as evils, mean, but as very pathetic characters. In no way a Nazi would watch this movie and goes: I wanna be him! And I think that’s why it’s the greatest anti-Nazi message.
My favourite aspect of this movie is how they showed the Jews as a strong community, referencing the history and how they are so resilient, brave and patient.
“There are no weak jews. I am descended from those who wrestle angels and kill giants. We were chosen by God. you were chosen by a fat man with greasy hair and half a moustache.” – Favourite line in the movie.
Above of it all, it’s refreshing to watch a movie with such a simple and clear message: LOVE, not hate. Taika Waititi believed a child could lead us out of this hatred, ignorant world that the adults built in and he was right. The little magic of life reside in arts, in dancing, in seeing the world as it is and not rely on exclusion of another group.
Jojo Rabbit has hit the right amount of humour, emotions, nostalgic and loss feelings that when I came out of theatre I still had goosebumps all over my body. How can a movie be so funny and yet so gut-wenching at the same time? It was hard for me to not shed a tear on one particular scene.