2019 ( New Zealand | USA | Czech Republic) ( Comedy, Drama, War )
Starring: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson
Director: Taika Waititi
A satirical comedy set in Nazi-era Germany and featuring a comedic version of Hitler was always going to come with its own set of issues. However, despite its decidedly darkly comedic and risqué tone, Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit manages to be one of the most thought-provoking and disarmingly tender films made on the subject.
Ten-year-old German boy Johannes ‘Jojo’ Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) has grown up in Nazi Germany idolising Adolf Hitler. But when he discovers his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is harbouring Jewish girl Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie) in their home, his outlook begins to change — to the dismay of his Führer-shaped imaginary friend (Taika Waititi).
Jojo Rabbit is a cosy surprise of a film that reiterates the importance of compassion in the face of adversity.