Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit ★★★

an irregularly sincere anecdote if not a lopsided satire, Jojo Rabbit hops on the fascism train without thorough thought to its destination but a somehow superficial funfair ride. as much as the intention is pure, the glare of historical inaccuracies, poor accents, and consecutive shoddy jokes turn this all into a seemingly tiring, repetitive, distracting act. and although the characters never truly come alive, at least not in the sense that some are deserving of their redemption, there is some careful sensitivity present in such a difficult subject. and again, I’m dumbfounded with the charm Scarlett Johansson played her character which was the only touchstone of this film for me. sure Jojo Rabbit doesn’t have a nearly 360 vision as it is often nearsighted to a 90 degree but it suffices to amuse if seen through blinkers. and I don’t really buy it but maybe there’s a grain of truth with what Anne Frank wrote once: “I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.”

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