Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit ★★★★½

I've been so excited to see this for the longest time and especially after spending five hours at Jojo Rabbit's TIFF red carpet to snag a t-shirt and it did not disappoint. I think Taika's screenplay did an excellent job balancing humour and drama. The Gestapo scene was especially chilling. It was interesting watching Jojo's journey as he shifts away from his blind fanaticism and adoration for Naziism. Taika Waititi's portrayal of an imaginary Hitler was so funny and rife with his brand of kiwi humour. The child actors who played Jojo and Elsa were also great and I loved watching the relationship between the two characters develop. Scarlett Johansson really surprised me as Jojo's mother, as she struggles with her desire to see the war end and having a pro-war son. I also liked Sam Rockwell's character, as we see he has a soft-spot for Jojo throughout the film. Overall Jojo Rabbit was an enjoyable film, the performances were great, and the humour was top-notch. It was really interesting to see a film that looks at war from the perspective of a child.

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