SotallyTober’s review published on Letterboxd:
Can you laugh at war? Watch Jojo Rabbit!
Taika Waititi walks thin ice portraying a ghastly holocaust as a lighthearted comedy. It's a story of a 10-year-old Johannes 'Jojo' Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) who fancies fighting the war in Hitler's army. He adores him so much that he eats, walks, and talks with a caricature of Hitler. His life changes when he finds a Jew, Elsa (Thomasin Mckenzie) hiding in his home. It's World War II, and Nazi Germany, you know what could happen next.
The story switches its tonality between comedy and drama quickly. The amazing Taika Waititi strikes the right balance between these two genres. He also plays Jojo's imaginary friend, Hitler. However, the star of the movie is Roman Griffin Davis. He is brilliant, endearing, and charming. There isn't a scene without him. He pretty much carries the weight of the film on his tiny shoulders. Thomasin McKenzie is stunning. Both are trapped in a war. There are shots of people being hanged, fired, and bombed in a rib-tickling fashion. They make the gruesome Nazi-Jew ethos jocular. Their scenes are hilarious, and sad at the time. Lots of laughs from the supporting cast- Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Alfie Allen, and Jojo's friend played by Archie Yates. The surprise of the film is Scarlett Johansson as Rosie Betzler. She is magnificent. There's so much that could have gone wrong, yet Taika Waititi gets everything right, and perfect. I loved it!