Jojo Rabbit (2019)
Title: Jojo Rabbit
Genre: Comedy | Drama | War |
Runtime: 108 min
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson
SUBTLE WAR-MOVIE, COMBINED
WITH FRIENDSHIP AND COMEDY
Taika Waititi made a name for himself with a movie like Thor: Ragnarok and the finale of season 1 of The Mandalorian from Disney+. More like in how he manages in a stylistic way combine drama and comedy in a fresh way. That was probably the signature now everyone is familiar with from his name. The movie itself, Jojo Rabbit provides som joyful tunes and Hispanic touch with the history that we all try to forget but shouldn’t and can’t.
And that’s probably what Taika tries to do with his new movie. This is a movie about Jojo who happens to be in a Nazi army for children where they are training every day for the war and finds a Jewish girl at his home, hiding. As this is a full-blown comedy and gives a lot of heart-warming-feelings in how Jojo is portrayed and how the cast ensemble works out. Roman Griffin Davis who is Jojo, gives a good performance in a movie that never dips or gets boring. He is cast good and a formable fit for this kind of movie. Even Taika performance of a fantasized Adolf Hitler is also enduring and compelling to make this movie worth continue to watch. He portrays Adolf Hitler in a justified manner and gives the dictator the right comedic tone in a try to make him pathetic.
Scarlett Johansson gives good performance even if she ain’t in the movie for so long for a reason. There is a scene with Jojo and the mother that is utterly heart-breaking which also show the true nature of war. Sam Rockwell as a supporting actor also gives the comedy a fulfilling timing and performance, he’s a good piece in this ensemble. His perspective to the story also gives it a little more depth, just what it’s needed.
The war is always there but the characters are what really makes the movie great. It’s good balancing the story between drama and comedy like I wrote before and in how to showcase it by the eyes of Jojo who actually makes the whole movie fun. The war is a second part and deals with a mature theme like racism and warfare that works when it’s embedded in the satire plot.
I liked this movie as it gives a new perspective on an old genre because movies with Nazi is released every year. But this has something solid and strong to the case and that makes up for every flaw this has. Of course, it’s not perfect but it handles the mature themes in the movie with finesse which is appreciated even if its parts that are very exaggerating to some certain extent. Although it’s mesmerising and all that means it can feel plain at sometimes and doesn’t always make logic in the character choices but it’s forgiving to look beyond that to be able to watch this movie.