Jennifer Couttas’s review published on Letterboxd:
Third time. I love this film and now I own it.
Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final. Rainer Marie Rilke
Greta Gerwig recently said in an interview with Vanity Fair:
I still think we very much have a hierarchy of stories. I think that the top of the hierarchy is male violence - man on man, man on woman etc. I think if you look at the books and films and stories that we consider to be "important," that is a common theme, either explicitly or implicitly.
I respect your right to revere Joker, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, 1917, and even to a lesser extent, Parasite. I enjoyed and respected all those films. Well, not Joker but I acknowledge Joaquin's extraordinary performance.
But my favourite films of 2019 were, Jojo Rabbit, Little Women, and Marriage Story. These were all films which revealed beautiful and flawed aspects of humanity. These were the films which made me feel. These were the films which, in different ways, gave me hope. Is it because I'm a woman? Maybe. I don't believe that is a negative thing.
I wish that more people recognised the genius of Taika in what he achieved with this film. Jojo will likely be ignored by Oscar in a few days. At least it got a seat at the table.
Many have called this a simple film, but to dip and weave between the ridiculousness of fanaticism, the innocence of childhood, screwball comedy, sudden darkness, tragedy and ultimately hope, well, it is no small skill.
I'm here for the revolution. The revolution that challenges the hierarchy of stories.