Troy J.’s review published on Letterboxd:
Plenty of satires hit and miss, but usually miss on account to subject matter or delivery, but in the case of Jojo Rabbit, that hardly seems to be the case.
We meet Jojo, a 10 year old Nazi nationalist who’s recently joined a section of the Hitler Youth, only soon leading to the unfortunate event of a grenade exploding at Jojo’s feet, rendering him scarred and with a limp after his recovery. During his more frequent time at home, he comes across a girl hiding behind the wall in his home, stricken with fear and aggression Jojo and the girl are left at an impasse; to say nothing to no one, or everyone in the house will hang. With the first choice being the obvious one, Jojo uses this opportunity to “interrogate” the girl, to find out and learn as much about Jewish culture as he can in order to aid the war effort. Only overtime coming to a innocent realization and terminal understanding that this girl may not be as evil as he thought. As does the girl with Jojo, slowly warming up to him, saddened and amused with his identity, she gives in to his interrogation fantasy and over exaggerates every thing she can in order to have fun with him and his book. Over time it’s come to be learned that Jojo’s mother works for the German resistance and has been poised to leave anti Nazi messages around town, with this ultimately leading to a very gut wrenching event that completely takes the story by the handles and shakes it to it’s core. Leading to the furthering events of the movie to be more drastic and emotionally straining, following these two children and their want and need to be truly free from the world they’re in.
The ending brings together the theme of this movie and it’s resolutions in a very comfortable way, making for a great conundrum of laughs mixed with real issues people in real life had to actually deal with, truly making for a very exciting watching experience. Taika Waititi as Hitler was just an absolutely home run as well!