Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit ★★★★½

#10 of 20 films at TIFF.


I remember Taika sharing a few bits of info on social media about this film during its production. I was a little concerned. I thought he might be pushing things too far and I didn’t want the worldwide love bubble for him to burst. 

How wrong I was to doubt him.

Taika’s skill is to masterfully weave humour, sweetness, the absurd and goofiness right alongside weightier issues and tragedy. He does it with such a deft hand that you might miss how incredibly talented he is. He is my modern day Frank Capra. I adore his work and this review will be biased by that fact. 

The look of Jojo Rabbit is sublime, almost Wes Anderson in its use of colour and framing. 

Taika has called it an anti-hate satire and that absolutely nails it. It is a story of hope. A story that illustrates beautifully that there is more that unites than divides us. It’s a story of indoctrination challenged, of the elemental human desire for love and connection. It’s a story that honours the love of mothers. 

I bawled with laughter. I cried. I was moved beyond the ability to speak. 

I know not everyone will love it as much as me, but there will be people who do. There will be people who are feeling weary and beaten down in 2019. Films like this and Armando Iannucci’s David Copperfield, Scott Z. Burns’s The Report, Destin Daniel Cretton’s Just Mercy, all films which have screened at this year’s TIFF. They are an injection of hope and inspiration to keep pushing back and speaking out against injustice and corrupt power. 

Beyond my hyperbole, see this movie because it is a great piece of entertaining cinema. A joy for anyone with a heart.

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