Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit ★★★

Year: 2019 Ranked
Director: Taika Waititi Ranked

I can honestly say that Taika Waititi is one of the most consistently good directors working today. He has made some of my all time favorites, and he is a genuinely good man, as well as a terrific actor. Jojo Rabbit was one of my most anticipated films of the year, and while I did enjoy it, it is nowhere near one of the best films of the year and it is nowhere near the quality of Taika's previous projects.

There is a big tonal shift in the film, which I am usually a huge fan of. It works magnificently well in something like A Taxi Driver from 2017, and can really help with films similar to these where a characters world view is completely dismantled and destroyed.

However I think that the tonal shift in this film wasn't nearly drastic enough. I wanted to see our lead character hurled into the harsh realities of life, with all hope lost, at least for a time. But unfortunately in this film that lasts all of about five minutes, before the jokes begin to flow back in. It never really feels like reality, instead feeling just like his own fantasy world, just a tiny bit darker.

The film also introduces a ton of characters they want to care about, but does not invest enough time with them. They were all interesting characters, but I never felt attached to any of them. Having this film be less than two hours felt like it really killed a lot of the emotional impact it strives for. At the same time, a lot of the comedy never really hits any of the highs other Waititi films do. Its a funny movie, its a heartwarming movie, and its an emotional movie. But it is just barely a lot of those things.

Still a bunch of laughs to be had, and Taika's performance as Hitler was iconic. Sam Rockwell was also in a top performance in the film. I just really wish I could have enjoyed it more.

If you want to get into Taika's filmography please watch Boy and What We Do In The Shadows, in my opinion his two greatest films.

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