Ragnar’s review published on Letterboxd:
Grade: HALL OF FAME (4.5 out of 5)
"War is not the answer, for only love can conquer hate"
I begrudgingly went to see Jojo Rabbit. I was expecting the brand of comedy I saw in Thor: Ragnarok, which, while fun, is only skin deep. I was not in the mood for a superficial comedy about World War II. Not only was I wrong about this movie, but it completely floored me.
Jojo Rabbit has an all-star cast, and one can tell that this imaginative script motivated all the actors. Even with so many great performances, none shine brighter than Jojo himself, the first time actor Roman Griffin Davis. Quality child actors are hard to find, but Taika Waititi found a gem with Davis. Fortunately, the effort the cast puts in the film does not go wasted as virtually all aspects of this film are expertly crafted.
Jojo Rabbit is a funny movie, that was no surprise. What I was not expecting was a movie with so much heart and compassion. At its core, Jojo Rabbit explores if it is possible to be saved from hatred and fear. Love and kindness leave a mark on us, one that cannot be surmounted by hate.