About the film
Runtime: 108 mins
Director: Taika Waititi
Actors: Taika Waititi, Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzieJOJO RABBIT is the charming story of a lonely young boy whose struggles fitting in at camp lead him to take comfort in an imaginary friend. Oh yeah, and the camp is Hitler Youth training in Nazi-occupied Germany, and his imaginary friend is Adolf himself.
Indoctrinated into racial hatred by his counselors and encouraged by his goofy Führer pal, Jojo is shocked to learn one day that his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. This connection upends his entire world, forcing him to choose between his family and his country.
Directed by Taika Waititi, who also portrays the bumbling, idiotic Hitler, JOJO RABBIT is a deft satire of white nationalism featuring Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, and Stephen Merchant. Only Waititi’s trademark boldness of vision and theme could turn this sensitive subject into a well-crafted, hilarious piss-take of one of humanity’s darkest moments.
We think JOJO RABBIT is one of the best movies you’ll see this year.
A delightful Hitler romp is difficult to pull off, unless, of course, you happen to be one of the greatest living filmmakers working today. Enter Jewish-Māori director Taika Waititi. With projects ranging from the goofy (WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS) to the goofy but also surprisingly tender (THE HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE) to the goofy but also blockbuster-y (THOR: RAGNAROK), he’s proven he can handle a wide range of material. But even with this pedigree, he outdoes himself with JOJO RABBIT, bringing his trademark mix of humor and heart to turn the subjects of blind loyalty, prejudice, and genocide into a charming story about love, friendship, and acceptance.
First we’ve got Waititi himself playing a whimsical, naughty-boy Hitler – which sounds like the worst but is actually the best. Sam Rockwell, Alfie Allen, Rebel Wilson, and Stephen Merchant will make you say Third Reich? More like all right! Plus, Scarlett Johansson and Thomasin McKenzie in some of the best period costuming you’ll see all year (sorry, DOWNTON). And last but not least, breakout star Roman Griffin Davis is gonna melt your heart into a big pile of JoJo love gush.