Jojo Rabbit (2019) A Review

Waited a long time for this one and thankfully it didn’t disappoint.  A great comedic satire by Taika Waititi and excellent performances by the young cast.


DIRECTOR:  Taika Waititi

STARRING:  Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson

SCREENPLAY:  Taika Waititi (screenplay), Christine Leunens (novel)

GENRE:  Comedy, War

RUNTIME:  108 Minutes

★★★★ 4.5 Stars  

This was definitely one of my most anticipated films of the year. The wacky comedy that was portrayed in the trailer had me intrigued from the off and I was so glad that this film didn’t disappoint.

Jojo is a young German boy, living in Germany near the end of the Second World War.  He is excited to grow up to be a member of Hitler’s personal guard and has even modelled his imaginary friend after the famed dictator.  But Jojo’s world is turned upside down when he suffers a terrible injury, then to make matters worse, he discovers his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their house.

Although this film is marketed as a comedy, and a comedy it certainly is, there are real tender moments here to break up the otherwise quick witted dialogue.  Some of those moments are even heart breaking.  Jojo Rabbit is a great example of Waititi taking his signature style of movie making and making it work for a subject that means so much to so many people.

The young stars of this film deserve all the praise in the world. Roman Griffin Davis is an absolute joy to watch from beginning to end.  His acting is superb, his delivery of comedy is on point and razor sharp and his chemistry with the other actors on screen is amazing.  A great performance for such a young actor and I hope that it gets recognised come awards season, I really do.   Of course you get outstanding performances from the likes of Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell.  But it really is the young actors who shine in this film.

The humour may not be for everybody, and I could understand if some people may find it offensive or in bad taste but the story is being told through the eyes of a ten year old boy, and too him, I guess a lot of things would seem different then to us as adults. 

This was everything I needed it to be.  I urge everyone to see this as soon as it comes out in the UK in January! 

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