Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit ★★

I read the first part of the script in the summer of 2017, just days after the Charlottesville riots, and remember thinking how strange it was to read a comedy about Nazi Germany that depicted Nazis as clumsy buffoons when the reality was — and is — much, much darker.

This is not to say you can't create a humorous and absurd story with emotional depth set during the Holocaust (re: Life is Beautiful) or one that comments on the evils of Nazism through a critical, comedic lens (re: Inglorious Basterds). But tapering such an idea with a reductive feel-good tone and a well-intentioned but ultimately hollow and obvious message that love is the powerful thing in the world just does not work, especially in 2019. Movies like these should engage and challenge us, not simply serve us what we already know.

Anyways, this film is really beautiful to look at and the kids are frickin adorable, but everything else about it radiates so much "this is the satire liberals want" energy. I love Taika and hope that he will make better movies than this. Scarlett Johansson was also, uh, miscast? And Sam Rockwell needs to hire a new agent. Feels like he's playing wayyyy too many problematic characters with redemption arcs these days.

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