Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit ★★★★

LIFF 2019 #8

This may only be the second best film I saw at LIFF which makes a cute but emotionally devastating plot point out of Scarlett Johansson tying somebody's shoes, but I loved it all the same.

I was apprehensive before watching this, but my concerns were rapidly allayed by Waititi's superb balance between hilarity and sincerity. It's not particularly revelatory or incendiary, but it has heart in spades and the tonal high-wire act is, for the most part, well-executed.

The ensemble is superb; there's no MVP, which is refreshing, and Davis, McKenzie, Johansson, Waititi and Rockwell are all superb; imbuing the film with warmth, laughs and terror throughout.

I don't necessarily think it has any business being there, but this feels like it has all the ingredients for a Best Picture win, and for the most part I really appreciated what it was going for. I also feel like it has great re-watch potential, and can't wait to see it again when it comes to cinemas.

Also, if the studio allows you only one F-Bomb, use it as well as Jojo Rabbit does or don't use it at all.

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