Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit ★★★

Jojo Rabbit, the new film by Taika Waititi, seeks not to play and tamper with history in the same vein as Quentin Tarantino has done in Inglourious Basterds, and neither does it attempt to wholly embrace the optimistic outlook that defined Roberto Benigni’s Life is Beautiful. It finds itself at a middle point that blends that energy of satire with a coming-of-age perspective that gives the film an, overall, unique experience.

While I did embrace Waititi’s exploration of the developing principles of a young boy in a nation that strictly feeds its political agendas down their citizen’s throats - even if they are in the downward slope of defeat - it was however in the director’s overly playful energy towards the handling of the Nazis that, at times, feeds almost nothing to the overall narrative. Sure, some moments catch you off guard with a gag here and there but often moments arrive with a waft of ridiculousness and insanity that it strips away some of the dramatic punch that its crucial scenes are attempting to apply.

It was intriguing to see that curious and impressionable perspective of children that he has been utilising all throughout his filmography. Jojo Rabbit immediately felt like a project that was fitting in his filmography. If only his directorial stroke here was a bit more mindful and refined, then I probably I would have adored this the same that I have had to those that preceded this.

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