Benjamin Green’s review published on Letterboxd:
I've had 18 kids for Germany, such a great year to be a girl
First time watch: November 2020
Taika Waititi's sixth feature film see's ten year old boy Jojo question his beliefs and come of age during the later stages of world war II in the comedy drama starring a host of talent including Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Waititi himself. Winner of the best adapted screenplay Academy Award the film provided genuine comedy amidst a deeply moving narrative about loss and love.
Taking on one of the worlds darkest moments in history and wrapping it up in comedy is not a safe bet. The dark satire could be both perceived as brillant and insensitive. Through the eyes of 10 year old Jojo I focus on the simple ideas of a lost boy looking for a male role model in imaginary friend Adolf Hitler and questioning his beliefs when faced with a new perspective.
The success of the story rests squarely on the shoulders of actor Davis as Jojo, who displays impeccable comic timing with a maturity in handling the more emotionally challenging moments. Likeable and clearly talented he carried the movie exceptionally well presenting a loss of innocence with gravity to the easily led children of Germany filled with propaganda. I couldn't fault the support cast either with even Rebel Wilson finding a role that didn't want me to immediately throw the remote at the tv.
There were some pacing issues during the transitioning second act and the basis of the core narrative is not original itself but it's hard to not enjoy its charm.
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