Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit is the new black-comedy film written and directed by Taika Waititi. Not only is it a movie that manages to be gut-bustingly funny, but it contains a very genuine theme of tolerance at its core.

Roman Griffin Davis’s performance as the main character of the film was terrific. His character evolution and growth was a great story that had the support of a great protagonist. Normally, child performances in most movies are just terrible, so it was a wonderful surprise to see otherwise.

One of my favorite aspects of the movie was Waititi himself playing a little boy’s imagination of Adolf Hitler. This concept could’ve become tasteless very easily, but the writing manages to make it a charming addition that has a purpose in the main character’s arc.

The overall feel and tone of the movie was very unique and interesting. While having an overall heartfelt theme, the movie manages to include a lot of dark humor that Waititi is well known for.

Despite having a really unique tone, a problem arises when that tone changes drastically from one scene after the other. There are points in the film where  happy, light-hearted scenes move at break-neck speed into a dark and morbid ones.

Jojo Rabbit was a great experience that found a way to mostly juggle a dark comedy with a heartfelt drama filled with entirely great performances. With that range of humor and emotion, it becomes a really unique film that stands as one of my favorites of the year.