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☆ sophie ☆’s review published on Letterboxd:
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Jojo Rabbit is probably one of the most controversial films to come out during the past years. I was pleasantly surprised at how emotional and thought-provoking he made this film while still being funny without going too far. The cast plays each of their roles perfectly. Roman Griffin Davis carries the story as a naive yet innocent Jojo. He has excellent comedic and emotional chemistry with Thomasin Mackenzie as Elsa. Their story blossom's excellently throughout the movie. In addition, Scarlett Johansson portrays Jojo's mother, wonderfully. She is sweet, playful, and lovable. It's one of Johansson's better performances. Waititi's performance as a young boy's interpretation of Adolf Hitler is fantastic. His comedic performance is there to show the absurdity of Jojo's brainwashing from the Nazi's teaching. And it helps that he never tries to humanize the portrayal of the character.
Michael Giacchino's score added a more emotional feel to the film. In addition to the german-sung pop song in the soundtrack, the score adds more flair and touching moments. It reminds the viewer there is silliness as well as dramatic and darker tones. I feel that Jojo Rabbit is a movie needed for today's political issues. Taika Waititi uses the story of a boy's misguided fantasy and faith to show how easy it is for society to be manipulated into hating minorities, religions, and/or groups of people, especially when fake news and social media are present. But by the end of the day, he shows that compassion and love still worth embracing in a cruel world, so as long as we can confront cruelty in ourselves first. Jojo Rabbit is one of Taika Waitit's best, and an up and coming favorite of mine. I would advise and recommend everyone watch this at least once in their life.