Thursday, 21 November 2019

Jojo Rabbit ★★★☆☆

Despite a filmography that includes What We Do In The Shadows, Hunt For The Wilderpeople and the brilliant Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi’s latest film is a hard premise to swallow. Whilst known for irreverent and oft-surreal humour, Jojo Rabbit seemed like a step too far. The film, in which Waititi plays an imaginary Hitler to a young, lonely Nazi boy, rubbed a lot of people the wrong way with the initial marketing. How could you make a quirky comedy around such a dark and distressing time in our history?

Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) is a lonely German boy who discovers that his single mother (Scarlet Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his imaginary friend -- Adolf Hitler (Waititi) -- Jojo must confront his blind nationalism as World War II continues to rage on.

Marketed as an ‘anti-hate satire’ by whichever unlucky sod was tasked with selling such a bizarre premise to the masses, Jojo Rabbit’s tone and message were totally vague. Was this a piss-take?  Upon viewing the film at October’s London Film Festival, however, I was surprised to learn that the film’s marketing didn’t really capture the film’s tone at all. While the premise is accurately advertised – yes, this is about a boy with an imaginary friend in Adolf Hitler – there is a lot more heart here than expected. But that is both a positive and a negative.

Of course, it is a negative to display Nazism in such a twee way, with the true horror and implications of World War II often far removed. While elements of the war are alluded to, this is by-and-large a colourful, fun and sanitised little comedy that often feels weak and cowardly. If you’re going to make a quirky Nazi comedy, you need to go hard or go home. This just feels like a TV comedy sketch stretched to a feature-length without any real punch, focusing instead on a gentle coming-of-age narrative structure in a film that feels almost derivative of Wes Anderson’s unique style. What was initially marketed as audacious and brave, the film is almost frustratingly safe.

But despite being marketed as an irreverent comedy, the film does occasionally steer toward drama and this is where it achieves its greatest impact. Like most satire – just look at any Chris Morris film – the laughs slow down as the film reaches its conclusion and ends on a more thought-provoking and poignant note than the bizarre jokes that have come before it. But while Chris Morris’ satire is sharp, biting and challenging, this feels rather soulless and cheap in comparison. Satirising Hitler has been around for decades – just look at Mel Brooks’ The Producers – and it feels like Waititi hasn’t really got anything new to say with Jojo Rabbit.

On the whole, Jojo Rabbit is, unfortunately, something of a misfire. Not funny enough to pass as an unmissable comedy and certainly not emotionally complex enough to address the realism of the world it inhabits, it falters somewhere between the two genres in a cinematic purgatory that feels desperate to be edgy and audacious. Jojo Rabbit is a disappointment, and possibly the weakest entry in Waititi’s stellar filmography thus far. But even bad Waititi is better than most of the rubbish on the big screen these days, so it still comes with a recommendation – just adjust your expectations accordingly.

Sam Love

Get your daily CeX at

Google+ Instagram Twitter YouTube Facebook
And now Snapchat!

Digg Technorati Delicious StumbleUpon Reddit BlinkList Furl Mixx Facebook Google Bookmark Yahoo
ma.gnolia squidoo newsvine live netscape tailrank mister-wong blogmarks slashdot spurl


  1. Nice information provided by you, it really helped me to understand this topic. I have also referred this article to my friends and they also enjoyed this informative post. Can I post this article on McAfee activate redeem key website

  2. You can Click to play baixar facebook. This is a game that promises to bring you many interesting.

  3. I liked the trailer of JO JO rabbit and the acting of the actors is amazing in the film. And one more thing if anyone is interested in the installation of Office setup feel free to contact me.


  4. Many thanks for the interesting post, I think it will come in handy to me.
    geek squad tech support

  5. I really liked this trailer and wanted to share it with my PNG File Extension helper team.

  6. is the great choice for you if you are looking for the best antivirus.

  7. I’m totally in love with your content and writing skills. I found this blog very useful for my work as well. Thanks for sharing this great post. If you want to grow your business, use QuickBooks Payroll Support.

  8. It's a very informative post for us. I have visited hope you will share quality blogs. I bookmark this post for future reference. Different software programs show different error messages for the MSVCP140.dll Missing. But if it has something to suffice with the deal missing file, it will tell you strictly in the error message.

  9. Its a great pleasure reading your article post.Its full of information I am looking for and I love to post a comment that “The content of your post is awesome” Great work. Service Host Superfetch

  10. It is a very amusing post. Thanks for sharing such a nice post. Enjoy FaceTime for PC. Facetime is a software to be had on Android and iOS that you can use for live conversations.

  11. The convection oven is like regular ovens except for one feature, a built-in fan that transmits the hot air in the oven. The convection oven cooks food substantially faster than a conventional oven will require to adapt for convection cooking.  Gas Leak

  12. Both of these apps are free and provides a smooth communication method. However, WhatsApp is going to win in the Facetime Vs Whatsapp we discussed Facetime Vs Whatsapp.

  13. I really like the trailer and looking forward to watch this movie. One more thing if you have interest in SEO then have a look at SEO tools

  14. Facebook is one of the fastest-growing worldwide social media networks that allows a person to create an account for free. It enables them to share various pictures, videos with their families, friends, acquaintances, colleagues, and so on in their social environment. How to Download Facebook Videos

  15. we offered many packaged deals. You can buy multiple treatments for a reduced rate. Our services acupuncture san antonio, Chinese herbs, Facial rejuvenation, lymphatic drainage therapy, craniosacral therapy, cupping, etc. we also offer discounted rates for pre-paid packages. acupuncture san antonio

  16. The first and Main step to more confident speaking skills a lot of listening. Every time you are communicating with someone in English. If you are searching for the best learning institute then you can contact English Speaking Course Online
    . We come up with new and innovative ideas.

  17. A transfer price is a price charged between related parties in an intercompany transaction.

  18. If you don't want academic disappointment, it’s best to hire a reputable thesis paper helper. A competent and well-trained specialist in writing who can easily help you get accurate results! With trustworthy support and accurate writing guidance, you can rest assured that you can complete your degree requirements!
    It is becoming difficult for you to write the most impressive thesis? Then, you must be looking for thesis help, isn’t it? If so, don’t worry. They understand the importance of ethical and precise research. What makes a thesis helper's best choice for you?
    • Anonymity - The thesis papers help ensure that the details stay confidential and also respect the privacy of clients.
    • Uniqueness - Each content by thesis helper is unique.
    • Zero plagiarism - You're going to get 100% original, error-free content from thesis paper help online. It is written from scratch and edited and proofread and tested for plagiarism.
    • On-time every time - Thesis helpers comply with deadlines and deliver thesis on time. There are no exceptions.
    • According to plan - Writers strictly follow submitted instructions. They guarantee that the thesis exceeds the customer's standards and meets the given specifications.