Jojo Rabbit (2019) – Movie Review

Jojo Rabbit is the satirical comedy-drama film written and directed by Taika Waititi. The film has received six nominations for 92nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The film follows Johannes “Jojo” Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis), a ten-year-old kid, a member of the “Hitler Youth” organization of Nazi Germany, and living with his mother Rosie (Scarlett Johansson). He is so drawn into the ideology of Nazism that he often talks with his imaginary friend, a supportive and fanciful version of Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi). One day, alone at home, Jojo discovers Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie), a teenage Jewish girl, hiding upstairs in their attic.

The film revolves around the ten-year-old lead character and tells the story from his perspective. Apart from the main storyline about a kid dealing with conflicts of ideas in his head, the film also touches on so many different things, which I didn’t expect. I went in to watch this film considering a light-hearted comedy-drama film, but it is much more than that. The central theme of the film about freeing your mind touched me the most, and it is so relevant that you just can’t deny it. The way you were taught, or the things you’ve followed, or the certain notions you believe in may not be always right; And in reality, things may be the polar opposite.

The film has funny moments, and it does make you laugh. But the things about which the film is talking are more important and sensitive than that. In some moments, the film is genuinely heart-touching and completely drags you into it, and those moments will remain with you for a long time. The performances in the film are refreshing and fantastic. The little boy in the lead role is so cute and so believable in his character that you just can’t take your eyes off of him. The film also stars Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Alfie Allen in the supporting roles. The film is truly exceptional considering its satirical story and the good balance of humor and hateful real-life. And, all the credit goes to Taika Waititi, for coming up with this different vision and flawless execution of it.

Verdict : The film definitely deserves your time. Just go and watch it. A nicely made anti-hate satire film.

Rating : 4.1/5

Check the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL4McUzXfFI

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