Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit ★★½

People seem pretty split on this one. They either seem to love it and think it's brilliant or hate it and find it offensive. For me I'm somewhere in the middle. I enjoyed Thor Ragnarok and What We Do in the Shadows a lot, but this one kind of fell flat for me. Some of the satire was way too on the nose and it got very repetitive very quickly. Like it was the same 5 jokes about how Jews are monsters and Taika Wattiti as Hitler got old real fast. I did get some genuine laughs from it, but overall, it didn't do it for me. There are better Nazi parodies out there or parodies of wartime in general like The Producers or Stalag 17. I think the problem for me is that they went a bit too far in making Nazi's a bit too silly, to the point where some of the satire felt a bit lost and the joke was just "oh look, Hitler's acting like an idiot, isn't that funny?" Nah, not really. I think silly comedies are fine (I love Troma and think Freddy Got Fingered is pretty funny and yes, I'm not being ironic). I think the difference in those films and this one is that the films I mentioned above didn't try to be about anything, they're just absurd for the sake of it, but when you tackle a subject like Nazi Germany, I think there has to be a bit more of a bite or a satiric edge. Really to me this film feels like it thought it was smarter than it was. This same premise would have been good if it came out during or shortly after WWII, but it didn't and as such, you need to have more clever jokes rather than random absurdity. Tell me, if the film was in a different setting and you had characters acting just as silly, would it have been funny? I guess that depends on what you find funny, but in my opinion, the film would have been insufferable.

It's kind of hard for me to pinpoint what exactly I don't like about comedies because what makes you laugh is subjective, but really what it boils down to is that I just didn't find this one that funny. If I saw it at home and not in cinemas, I'd've probably disliked it more. The fact that everyone around me was laughing helped with that.

And no, it's not because I'm an SJW who gets offended really easily or any of that crap. If you know me, you'll know that's not the case, I love dark and offensive humour, South Park, it's Always Sunny and Seinfeld (not that that's a super offensive show even though millennials are apparently butthurt by it, but it has it's dark moments) are my favourite shows and The Toxic Avenger 4 is one of my favourite films (and trust me, the 1st 5-10 mins of that film are way more offensive than anything in this film and a lot funnier too imo). It was a shame too, I was expecting to enjoy this film but from the moment it started I was let down.

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