Jojo Rabbit is an absolute gem of a film, I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything quite like it. The story follows a young German boy in training for the Hitler Youth named Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) who’s hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in his attic during World War 2.
Jojo also has an imaginary friend who happens to be Adolf Hitler. The film has an exceptional cast with superb performances from everyone including Jojo’s mother played by Scarlett Johansson. Hitler is played by Taika Waititi who also writes and directs, it’s safe to say if you enjoyed one of his more recent films ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ you’ll love this.
I couldn’t help feeling that aesthetically, the film has a nod to Wes Anderson which is no bad thing. JoJo Rabbit is certainly thought-provoking, with plenty of laughs without steering too much to the dark side which has to be applauded considering the subject matter. A thoroughly enjoyable experience and well worth the hype surrounding it.
Final Score: Cinewin
Photograph by Twentieth Century Fox Film.
A young boy in Hitler’s army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.
Original title: “Jojo Rabbit”
Release date: October 24, 2019
Country: United States
Director: Taika Waititi
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Budget: $14 million
Roman Griffin Davis as Johannes “Jojo Rabbit” Betzler, a young German boy who is a member of Hitlerjugend.
Thomasin McKenzie as Elsa Korr, a Jewish girl whom Rosie hides in her home.
Scarlett Johansson as Frau Rosie Betzler, Jojo’s single mother who is secretly anti-Nazi.
Taika Waititi as Adolf Hitler, Jojo’s imaginary friend version of the infamous figure.
Sam Rockwell as Captain Klenzendorf, an army officer who runs a Hitler Youth camp.
Rebel Wilson as Fräulein Rahm, a brutish instructor in the Hitler Youth camp.
Alfie Allen as Finkel, the second-in-command to Captain Klenzendorf.
Stephen Merchant as Deertz, a Gestapo agent.
Archie Yates as Yorki, Jojo’s best friend.
Gabriel Andrews as Gestapo agent.