Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit ★★★★½

Taika Waititi's remarkable and imaginative film takes a lot of chances, not always succeeding but captivating nonetheless. This coming-of-age drama follows young Jojo (beautifully performed by Roman Griffin Davis) as he navigates the troubled waters of WWII Germany. His mother is a member of the resistance and is hiding a Jew, while Jojo attends Nazi camp and attempts to fit in, though he is obviously too sensitive to do so even with the advice offered by his imaginary friend Adolph Hitler (Taika Waititi).

As the title suggests, Jojo is a rabbit among wolves, his story is presented as a mixture of cute comic elements, biting satire and heartbreaking drama. The film's more than a bit reminiscent of Wes Anderson in both tone and visual look, though overall it's hard to imagine it coming from anyone but Waititi. Jojo's touching relationships with his mother (Scarlett Johansson) and Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie) alone are enough to make the film worthwhile, though some may find the film's comic/serious shifts difficult to navigate. Personally, I found it a thoughtful and challenging film that I'm looking forward to seeing again.

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