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Jojo Rabbit

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2019
  • Taika Waititi
  • 103 mins
  • 12A

Summary

A lonely German boy discovers that his single mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo Rabbit must confront his blind nationalism as the Second World War continues to rage on. Taika Waititi wrote, directed and co-stars in this Oscar-winning comedy, featuring Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant and Scarlett Johansson

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Taking a controversial, comedic approach to the most sensitive of subjects, Taika Waititi writes, directs and stars in an idiosyncratic adaptation of Christine Leunens's novel Caging Skies. Set during the Second World War, the story follows a devoted member of Hitler Youth, Jojo (British newcomer Roman Griffin Davis), and his concerned German resistance mother (Scarlett Johansson). We watch Jojo negotiate his challenging childhood accompanied by the most improbable of imaginary friends, in the form of a fatherly and encouraging version of Adolf Hitler (played peppily by Waititi himself). When Jojo befriends a young Jewish woman in hiding (Thomasin McKenzie), he is forced to confront the horrific reality of his idol's actions - scenes that are hugely moving, with further heartbreak to come. Jojo Rabbit is compassionate, cute and credibly assumes the perspective of a bewildered, brainwashed ten-year-old, while its colourful cast (including Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson) are routinely hilarious. Waititi - who is Jewish on his mother's side - deftly alternates sincerity with eccentricity, boldly bringing his own voice to the material. It shouldn't work, but it does, and wonderfully.

Credits

Cast

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Jojo BetzlerRoman Griffin Davis
Adolf HitlerTaika Waititi
Elsa KorrThomasin McKenzie
Rosie BetzlerScarlett Johansson
Captain KlenzendorfSam Rockwell
Fraulein RahmRebel Wilson
FinkelAlfie Allen
Captain Herman DeertzStephen Merchant
YorkiArchie Yates
ChristophLuke Brandon Field

Crew

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DirectorTaika Waititi

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2020-01-01
Languages
English | German
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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