Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit

I didn’t like it, I didn’t hate it. I don’t think it worked as an “anti-hate satire” at all, so much as it functioned middlingly as a quirky sub-Brooksian nazi comedy with jarring elements of unbearable Wes Anderson-y cuteness. all the actors did their jobs quite well, and Goofy Hitler got a bored “heh-uh” out of me a couple times, but I don’t think there was any real substance to this movie, nor was it satirizing anything more complex than “bad people are bad.”

it either needed to be far more vile and grotesque (I’m not saying it needed to be Come And See, but c’mon) or all the way in the precocious magical realism. this wobbling 1/3s cute, no 2/3s cute, now it’s bad and nazis are evil, now it’s cute didn't work for me at all.

I would think, in our modern era, where I’ve literally witnessed neo-nazis march and clash with protestors in the street (Berkeley was fun) there’d be something with more coherence and oomph and biting, painful clarity — you know, like, satirical — to say about these things. but I guess it’s funnier, or perhaps just a little easier, to make Taika Hitler occasionally act like a coquettish teenage girl and make Sam Rockwell say horrible things.

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