I was thinking in the theater as the film started that Taika Waititi, a man known for his humor, shouldn’t include too many jokes in the movie, because otherwise, it could come across as a movie in which the audience is on Hitler’s side, laughing at his jokes, finding him to be a funny man. The answers to my questions were yes, it is alright to laugh because no, there won’t be an abundance of humor. Although it might not seem like it at first, JoJo Rabbit is an immensely successful film because it does what a satire is supposed to do.
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At first, he chooses to side with Hitler because his only perspective of this imaginary friend is one who tells jokes and gives him advice, which has been imprinted upon him from the Hitler idolizing people around him. Sounds like a great time, doesn’t it?
for the diverse people that make up this beautiful world. Waititi ends the Hitler story by quite literally kicking him out and with JoJo learning the errors of the Nazis, thus completely terminating all beliefs of mine that this would be a simple, humorous film.
of a child to make a film work. It is something rarely done and depending upon the actor, his performance might ruin the movie. The two leads, Roman Griffin Davis (JoJo) and Thomasin McKenzie (Elsa), to me, are the standouts of the film. Every line they deliver, every facial expression that appears on their faces and just about everything they do in JoJo Rabbit is representative of how mature and dedicated they are to the material. As actors in this film, they pretty much do a better job than the adults do in their roles. It fell on their shoulders to make sure that JoJo Rabbit’s main theme was conveyed and they succeeded. As if that was not enough, the accomplished leads close the story with great depth of emotion and bring the theme of acceptance and being a hero home.