Fabian’s review published on Letterboxd:
To a certain extent, I was surprised by Jojo Rabbit. First, I was surprised by its trailer when I first saw it last year. The film itself had been on my radar for quite a while ever since it was first announced, basically because the collection of talent sounded astonishingly promising in here. Taika Waititi as Hitler, with Roman Griffin Davis and Thomasin McKenzie in the leading roles and Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell to round out the cast? You could have counted me in from the moment this film was announced.
The trailer looked surreal, weird and absolutely exciting, as it sold a film that was entirely unique and innovative, unlike anything we have ever seen before. Then the first reviews arrived and harshly criticized this review, only for things to turn around when suddenly, more and more positive opinions kept rolling in and somehow turned this into not only a box office success, but also a somewhat divisive, but very acclaimed Oscar contender. The people who love it, really love it, and after watching the film, it's so easy to see where those people come from.
As for my own opinion, I really liked the film. It wasn't enough for me to fall head over heels in love with it, but I wasn't expecting to because war comedies are not usually the types of film I adore wholeheartedly. However, I still love the screenplay and the amazing cast ensemble, led by a remarkable breakthrough performance from Roman Griffin Davis who I hope we will get to see a lot more of in future. Thomasin McKenzie is amazing as well, and I was genuinely surprised to see how much humanity and warmth Scarlett Johansson brought to her role. Several laugh-out-loud moments turned this into one of the funniest comedies of the year, yet it still retained a serious edge and managed to tell an entertaining, memorable and unique story.