Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit ★★

There's a handful of great performances in this film. It's just a shame that I can also count the amount of times I laughed on a single hand. In short, not many. The film fell flat for me on a lot of different fronts. The humour felt forced and a lot of the gags garnered no response from me, something that Taika usually manages to do so effortlessly. As a result the satirical element of the plot fell short and the tonal inconsistencies led to a rather irritating watch. Probably one of the biggest dissapointments of the past year.

But that's just me being harsh for the most part. There's a lot of positives to this film too. Sadly, Taika in the role of the Fuhrer isn't one of those. The interactions between the child actors were great. Roman Griffin Davis who plays the titular Jojo is a superstar in the making and the rest of the cast were all memorable in their own way. 

It's a shame that both the satire and ultimately the message the film is trying to convey didn't hit for me. It's also a shame that upon reflection a lot of the positive aspects of the film will be clouded by the more negative. I mean the final interaction between Jojo and Taika's Hitler was simply cringe. The delivery was abysmal even though I saw it coming from a mile away. The weakest film in Taika's catalogue? For me, yeah.

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