Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit ★★½

Jojo Rabbit feels like a movie directed by film twitter. It's amusing but mostly utterly toothless, Taika Waititi's intentions are noble and he's a very capable director, but this just doesn't work for me. It just isn't the time or place for a diet Wes Anderson whimsical nazi comedy. Nazi weren't comedy goobers, and they certainly aren't now in a world where a majority of the world's leaders are using the same hate rhetoric putting children in cages, and allowing Australia to burn to the ground.

I want to give all the praise in the world to Scarlet Johansson who is the best part of the movie. It's a really beautiful, heartfelt performance and entire arc, where I feel the movie truly finally commits to what it's trying to do and just deserves a much better movie than this.

Yeah there's plenty of amusing moments, especially involving Taika himself as Hitler and Sam Rockwell as a "good" nazi but why make a satire if you're going to undercut it like this.

I dunno it's fine, there's the odd bit of genuinely good humour, there's a little too much anti Semitism played for laughs but it's treated like a relic instead of something still happening today. There's a good idea behind the movie in that no one is born hateful or evil but it's too wrapped up in a blanket of make the liberals feel good about themselves. Guys we can feel good about ourselves later, but we still have to beat the nazis now, and we wont do it by laughing at them.

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