Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit ★★½

Jojo Rabbit, for being a World War II satire about a young Nazi, is actually a pretty safe movie. Of course there are edgier jokes (some of which aren't very funny), but it's also a really, really, heartwarming movie. A lot of this is Roman Griffin Davis being amazing, but a lot of it is also the wonderful script. If you're looking for a profound satire along the lines of Dr. Strangelove or Fight Club, you probably will be disappointed. If you're looking for a warm, lovely, film - here you have it.

And the second time around, I laughed harder at the funny jokes, and laughed less at the stupid ones. The good moments were separated from the bad ones, and same with the accents. There was more to take in, and more to enjoy. I had no idea if a film like this (which really relies heavily on one plot device) could hold up on a second viewing. But it truly does.

From the get-go, we are introduced to characters who feel real, but also absolutely bizarre. However, sometimes, Jojo Rabbit navigates its difficult politics by, well, not really navigating it at all. Take Klezendorf, a Nazi who clearly is not all that interested in the war. He even helps Jojo out later on in the film (twice!). I expected an interesting arc, but instead, the movie sort of pushes him out of the way. I think we can all safely say here that all Nazis can go fucking die... because Klezendorf is a Nazi, but also does good in the film, does that make him a good character? Evil character? It makes me glad that Tarantino, in Inglourious Basterds, chose to just say "fuck all of them" instead of trying to manipulate the audience into thinking some of them were good.

Damn, this is turning into a rather negative review for a movie I really liked! Maybe it's because for each rewatch, flaws become more and more apparent in a movie. For Jojo Rabbit, there are a lot of them. But they don't bother me that much. I don't think this movie is trying to be all that unique and quirky after all. It's just trying to tell a comforting story (as comforting as Nazi Germany can be), and let us know that good does exist in the world. :)

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