Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit ★★★½

So children with abandonment issues is like, Taika Waititi’s specialty or something? Which doesn’t normally send me into a spiral of existential despair, in fact I quite enjoy his films. But for some reason, and maybe because I’m going through some shit right now (which my very hip and relatable therapist could attest to) but this movie made me feel...ennui? Listless? Ahhh...depressed. That’s it. I walked away from this feeling considerably more depressed than going in. Now, I won’t knock it too much for my own defect. It was really cute when Taika Hitler said, “Tschüss!” and flew out the window. I could have used more of that. I thought the kids were super cute, too, obviously. But I don’t think this was like, a groundbreaking or phenomenal or super inspiring film. Honestly it wasn’t very heady satire either. It was okay. It had its cute moments. But it didn’t knock my socks off or anything. And that’s fine! Not every movie has to be brilliant. But I think what bothers me is that it was hyped up as such. Let me get real. What We Do in the Shadows is, on all counts, a better and more enjoyable film. You don’t need Sam Rockwell and Scarlet Johansson and a bunch of Rilke quotes to make a Taika Waititi movie great. As always, I still love Waititi unconditionally and I would never poo poo my boy but Jojo Rabbit just wasn’t the raving hit I thought it was going to be. That’s my lukewarm take.

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