Director Taika Waititi (director of Thor Ragnarok and Hunt for the Wilderpeople) outdoes himself again with his latest film, Jojo Rabbit. With the help of amazing performances by his cast (including silver screen favorites like Scarlett Johansson and Rebel Wilson) Waititi delivers an extremely hilarious, yet heartwarming tale about a very sensitive subject.
The story of JoJo Rabbit centers around Jojo Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) a young, timid, yet determined German boy in the height of Hitler’s Reich. German through and through, Jojo is determined to be the perfect Nazi. In fact, he is so fanatical in his nationalism that Hitler himself is his encouraging Imaginary friend.
Things quickly change for Jojo when he discovers that his own angel of a mother (Scarlett Johansson) has been hiding a Jewish girl in their home. Now having to rethink everything he knows about his upbringing and training as a good little Nazi, Jojo learns some heartwarming lessons about humanity, friendship, love, and what it means to be a true hero.
In my opinion, this movie is groundbreaking and unlike any other Holocaust movie I have seen. This film uses humor to show the absolute abomination of the German Reich. The film displays how backward the culture of that time was and how the evils of antisemitism were even found its way into the minds and hearts of children. However, The movie also sends a powerful message: Hate will not prevail.
This movie is an absolute must-see. Get yourself a ticket and get down to the theater TODAY to see this extraordinary film. Prepare to laugh your butt off at the extremely clever and hilarious quips and scenes. Also be sure, however, to also have a box of tissue nearby for the heartwarming and tear-wrenching moments of this movie that is a celebration of love and tolerance.