Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit ★★★★

"You're not a Nazi, Jojo. You're a ten-year-old kid who likes dressing up in a funny uniform and wants to be part of a club."

Taika Waititi has mastered his brand of comedic drama. That he is able to apply it to a story about literal Nazis without diminishing the gravity of the historical atrocities they committed is a testament to his tonal command. His satire is at times flippant, and more could have been done to better contextualize the confined narrative, but the parallels he draws to modern tribalist extremists are well conveyed. And as for portraying the human side of Nazis, Waititi navigates that mine field adroitly, using it to delineate a pathway to deradicalization through compassion and understanding. We cannot solve these problems simply with a film, however this one can have a profound impact in moving us towards a solution.

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