It seems like an unlikely time and place to put a comedy, and it may even make you question going to see the movie. But JoJo Rabbit puts you square in the heart of Nazi Germany. And in an almost stark contrast to the environment of the time, JoJo Rabbit brings a bit of levity and heart to a part of history that we only learn about the dark side of – without making light of the seriousness of the situation.
Get your stuff together kids, it’s time to burn booksFraulein Rahm
The story follows JoJo, a ten year old boy who is starting his training in the Hitler Youth. Being raised in Nazi Germany, he not only believes in the cause but is a fanatic. He believes in the cause and even his imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler (with the mannerisms of a 10 year old child).
After an injury in his training, Jojo is sent home to recover, and to do menial jobs for the cause. It’s during this time that he not only discovers that his mother isn’t exactly who he thinks, but she’s also been hiding a young Jewish girl in his sister’s room.
As long as someone is alive, they lose.Rosie
Dancing is for those who are free.Rosie
While the story is at a dark time in history, you will find yourself laughing at the absurdity of some of the claims by the Nazi higher ups. Paired with more modern music (often dubbed in German) you’ll be transported to a different look at this period of history.
Got it – we burn down the house and blame Winston Churchill.Adolf
Throughout the movie there are some bits of violence, cursing and of course a darker environment around the whole film – but it is one that older teens would be able to watch and enjoy. There is a bit of youthful innocence in JoJo and his friend Yorki, and you can see how the world shaped their thoughts and their actions.
While the movie has a lot of laughs throughout there are still moments that will take your breath away with the seriousness of it. And although it seems like an unlikely place for a comedy, you’ll be able to see the underlying message of love throughout and how that can help reshape a world and everyone it touches.
JoJo Rabbit is in select theaters now and rated PG 13.
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About JoJo Rabbit:
Writer director Taika Waititi (THOR: RAGNAROK, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE), brings his signature style of humor and pathos to his latest film, JOJO RABBIT, a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy (Roman Griffin Davis as Jojo) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism. This film is rated PG-13.