Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit ★★★½

I feel like I need to be a little bit of a fence sitter on this one, pending a rewatch. In principle I'm on board with making a satire based out of Nazism Germany. Unfortunately, I didn't find it funny. Not that the humour was too dark, but rather that I didn't find it particularly clever. A surprise considering Taika Waititi's previous comedies were big winners for me. This hampered my overall enjoyment of the film because I could never get its temperature, and struggled to engage with the emotional throughlines as well.

There are moments, specifically later in the film, that I know will deliver an emotional response on rewatch. I think this first time around I wasn't feeling Scarlett Johansson's dynamic with Jojo, and I feel as though this was critical to the narrative. The two main performances by Roman Griffith Davis and Thomasin McKenzie demonstrate why Waititi should keep making films starring children; they deliver what has to be one of the most rapturous ending sequences of 2019 without a doubt.

Again, I didn't hate this, and I look forward to revisiting it to assess my overall feelings. I guess it's a good sign that my current opinion is that it's a big "fine", combined with many moments that are genuine and heartfelt. It's easy to see how people would love this.

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