Film: Jojo Rabbit

Opened: October 18, 2019

Directed by: Taika Waititi

Starring: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Taika Waititi, Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, Sam Rockwell, Archie Yates & Scarlett Johansson

While most World War II films take a more dramatic and somber approach, director, writer and star Taika Waititi makes a brilliant comedy that pokes fun at the Germans and Hitler.

Young Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) is a Hitler Youth member whose imaginary best friend is Hitler (Waititi). When he finds out his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic, he contemplates how to handle the situation.

While this film is laugh-out-loud funny, Waititi manages to bring a fair amount of emotion into it as well. Johansson’s role as a single mother secretly fighting against the Nazis shows strength but with strain.

Jojo goes through some coming-of-age moments at a younger age, which plays to the truth of children from that time period.

Final say: Hitler at his funniest. ★★★★★

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