Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit ★★★★½

Even in spite of it's controversial subject matter, the starts out with this plucky, childlike energy. Towards the end of it, that changes drastically and that playfulness is put on hold as we get a glimpse into reality. The fantasy is replaced by nightmare. That is what Taika Waitit is so good at here. The lighter, more charming moments of the film make the actual punches to gut that much harder. You know it's a movie set in Nazi Germany during the war, but that fact is an afterthought when the charming and endearing performances from the likes of Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell carry you away, but with the snap of a finger Taika Waitit brings you back to reality.

Waititi takes one of the absolute worst periods in human history and finds humor and beauty in its telling. There were so many times during this movie, whether it was the scenes between Jojo and Elsa, Jojo and his mother, Jojo and Captain Klenzendorf, they all had me so emotionally invested that I experienced rich variety of emotions and to pull such a feel-good experience from this subject matter is a feat in itself. Jojo Rabbit is an almost magical effort from Taika Waititi who passionately crafts satire that has as much heart as it has brains.

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