We had skipped JoJo Rabbit during its initial run through the independent theatres. Once it started to get nominated for major awards, I had to wonder what the fuss was all about.
The greatest thing about this movie was Sam Rockwell. We need to get that man into more roles just like this one. He was hilarious and killed it every scene he was in. If he was able to get his own German Commander movie, based on this character, I would pay to go see that numerous times.
The heart of the story is about a young boy befriends a Jewish girl who lives in his walls. Oh, and before I forget, his best friend is Adolf Hitler. So now that you know, the details let’s break down why people like it.
Jojo Rabbit is a comedy relief story. Usually, movies about WWII, Germany, and the prosecution of the Jewish people are severe and dark-toned. This film presents a different angle on things, one that shines a light during dark times.
I liked the relationship that Jojo formed with his new friend. Their relationship is really a coming of age tale, one that would alter their course of both lives. Their interactions were genuine, and you could sense the chemistry building. They may not be the beginning of the story, but they are the end, and that made the journey worth it.
My only gripe about the film is what is all this love for Scarlett Johansson’s character?? She’s been nominated numerous times over for her supporting role, but I didn’t see it. I just don’t get it. Hopefully, I am not the only one. 5/10