Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit ★★★★★

It might be a little too early to give a movie I just watched at cinema 5 stars and claim it to be a masterpiece, yet any other rating for JoJo Rabbit just feels wrong.

Needless to say, I absolutely adored this movie. I think it’s pretty much perfect. I couldn’t spot a single issue with the film. Maybe I was wrapped up in the story and not watching too keenly, but it’s a massive positive for the story if that’s the case! I just loved everything about it. 

The acting is brilliant from the whole ensemble. Roman Griffin Davis is terrific in the lead role- the whole movie is on his shoulders and it's like he doesn’t even know it. He’s easily one of the best child actors I’ve seen in a long, long while. Thomasin McKenzie is excellent too. She wowed me in Leave No Trace, and she does it again with JoJo Rabbit. She’s shaping up to be one of the generations finest, I can tell. Scarlett Johnasson has had an exceptional year with this, Marriage Story and Avengers: Endgame. I hope her eventual best actress Oscar nomination comes with all these in mind!

I also really loved Sam Rockwell in the film. He seems to have been somewhat sidelined by the incredible performances from everyone else, but I think he’s truly brilliant in his role. A scene at the end with him almost had me in tears. He’s terrific.

Taika Waititi is also a really great Hitler! Which is a very weird sentence to say, but the way he performs the evil man truly belittles him and it’s brilliant to see. Not to mention really really funny. 

There’s also smaller roles from the likes of Rebel Wilson and Stephen Merchant that are really great too. They don’t have a lot to do, but they do it so well regardless.

I’ve touched on this a little before, but the movie is really funny. It’s got the classic Taika Waititi gleam In it’s eye and it’s got an unparalleled energy that very few films seem to have nowadays. But it’s always present in Taika's films. He’s my third favourite director.

The humour comes perfectly balanced with a layer of sadness too. Taika is a master of happy-sad cinema (if you’ve seen the video essay you’ll know what I’m talking about), and that shines through in this film. His ability to handle multiple tones is pretty much masterful.

The thing I really loved the most about JoJo Rabbit though, when it boils down to it, is that it’s a film about love and compassion and humanity. It’s a film that sticks the finger up to hate and promotes love and tolerance loudly. It’s the perfect time for a movie like this to be released, and it honestly couldn’t have been a better film.

I genuinely adored JoJo Rabbit and it easily takes the place as my favourite of 2019. I expected to like it, but not this much! Seek it out!

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