Umang Bharali’s review published on Letterboxd:
Jojo Rabbit's most memorable scene is when a young 'nazi' boy rests his head on a jew teenage girl's shoulder as both watch the war spew during a mundane night.
Taika Watiti's satire on hatred, set in Nazi Germany, may not be the best film of the year but it's a much needed film in today's political scenario. Jojo Rabbit successfully portrays the horrors of war from a child's perspective and in doing so. promotes it's anti-hate theme without being preachy.
A lot of the movie relies on the audience to admire and sympathize the young protagonist Jojo, played by Roman Griffin Davis, in order to enjoy the film because almost the entire movie is based on his perspective. That being said, I don't see how any one can dislike the character in this case, and especially when the character is played by someone as charming as the 12-year old Griffin Davis.
What stands out like a sore thumb, however, is the movie's inconsistency in handling tonal shifts. While some of the dramatic elements worked perfectly, specific comedic elements didn't hit particularly well. But that ultimately comes down to one's own sense of humor. That said, there were some extreme laugh out loud moments in comedic situations that exuded Watiti-humour, as I like to call it.
Ultimately Jojo Rabbit is a fun take on World War Two, Nazis and the world's inability to prevent something as horrific as the holocaust. I'd watch it again for Roman Griffin Davis' performance.