Jojo Rabbit: 12A
One of the most hyped films going into the awards season, is the new Taika Waititi film, Jojo Rabbit. Taika Waititi is a fantastic New Zealand filmmaker, best known for directing Thor Ragnarok two years ago.
Whilst that film certainly has some creative styles he brought to the table, in my opinion it was nowhere near the quality of his smaller indie films. Boy, Hunt For The Wilderpeople and What We do In The Shadows, which are all great movies.
So I was really happy to see that he would return to make a smaller, more contained film and, thankfully Jojo Rabbit did not disappoint. The film is a satire, set during World War 2 about a Hitler youth, Jojo (Roman Griffith Davis) who discovers a Jewish girl that his mother, played by Scarlett Johansson is hiding from certain death.
He discovers her in hiding, and an unlikely friendship ensues, causing him to question his ideology. Add to this his relationship with his imaginary friend Adolph Hitler, played by the director himself Taika Waititi.
This film succeeds by creating serious and black comedic tones to illustrate the futility of racial hatred and stereotyping.
Whilst at times the film is very funny, there are some very emotional, hard to watch scenes.
This is a definite Oscar contender and well worth watching.
Release Date: 1 January 2020
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