Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit ★★★★½

When I first saw the trailer for Jojo Rabbit, I was skeptical that its story and message would land with audiences. Needless to say, this is an incredible film, and Taiki Waititi deserves to be lauded for such a cinematic achievement.

In the oversaturated war genre, this is a refreshingly satirical and profoundly human window into an innocent boy's experiences during World War II. It seamlessly creates humor out of haunting circumstances while providing room for rumination about what exactly we are laughing at. I would argue that its boldness and shock value constitute a singularly effective means through which we can truly question the ugliest parts of our past and remind ourselves that we must never allow something like this to happen again.

The technical components were excellent: cinematography (Wes Anderson-esque), costumes, score, sound mixing, and more. The performances were also outstanding, led by the brilliantly talented Roman Griffin Davis and Thomasin McKenzie. Scarlett Johansson personified maternal warmth and love. Sam Rockwell was bombastic and charming. And Taiki Waititi matched his directorial prowess with a raucous turn as Hitler himself.

Simply put, I am hard pressed to find a more audacious, witty, touching, nuanced, and poignant film this year. Jojo Rabbit will make you question the absurdity of the biases that we all unfortunately possess. In doing so, maybe we too can confront these and become better for it. This film is a must-see and deserves to be in contention for Best Picture.

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