Max’s review published on Letterboxd:
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So, Jojo Rabbit: my feel-good movie of the year and my feel-sad movie of the year.
I’m glad Taiki Waititi made this. Radicalization is rarely talked about and Nazis are too often a taboo subject. He towed the finest line and he did it with ease. This movie could’ve blown up in his face, but instead he’s nominated for an academy award for a Best Picture that he’s not going to win. It’s a shame that the rest of the movie industry was pulling out the big guns this year too because, any other year, I think he’d have a shot. He deserves it for such an edgy, but respectful and heartfelt romp as this.
Nazism has a very special place in my heart. I’ve always found Nazis funny in how seriously they took themselves, but, upon visiting many of the concentration camps, I understood what that hate could bring. It’s strange. I’ve never lived in a time where Nazis weren’t the bad guys. It seems outrageous that someone could follow that ideology, yet some follow remarkably similar ones today. I don’t feel attacked though, I’m Jewish and antisemitism is largely dead, I think. Nazis are just goofy to me. That’s probably the way it should be, takes the real punch out of them.
- Wish there were more German covers
- Scarlett Johansen does well, but not well enough for an Oscar nod
- Yorki is best Nazi with Sam Rockwell in close second
- This movie gets brutal towards the end, just how I like it
- Schindler’s List is better