Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit ★½

I just find this so misconceived, one that pulls so many of its punches from the start that it never even establishes a point of view, much less a satirical angle that goes any deeper than "the Nazis were a bit much, no?" A filmmaker as funny as Waititi has no business making something as inert and leaden as this, with jokes that mistake twee energy for punchlines and a sedate narrative filled with good or second-guessing Nazis that undercuts any actual satire of Nazism's darkest traits. There are a few laughs here and there; I greatly enjoyed Elsa trolling young Jojo with a Br'er Rabbit routine of assuring him that Jews cannot eat food so he should feed her, and Jojo's cheery friend is consistently good for a killer one-liner. But overall this has all of the energy befitting a passion project but none of the sense of purpose.

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