Jojo Rabbit Review: The Great Dictator But On Steroids
The end of 2019 marks the end of a decade. A decade which was full of both bad and good movies. There were a bunch of movies that fall right between good and bad. However, there’s this one movie, that I just cannot seem to place in any of the categories. It doesn’t fit into good because well it just doesn’t! It isn’t a bad film either because there’s so much to like about it. It’s also not average because it’s above average! The movie is the 2019 directorial of Taika Watiti, and it’s called Jojo Rabbit. And boy, you’re in for a ride because I’ve got lots to say about this one.
Jojo Rabbit – Second to The Great Dictator
Not going to lie, but I’ve not really seen Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator. I’ve seen bits of it here and there but haven’t really sat down to watch all of it one go. However, the bits I’ve seen are comedic masterpieces and best satire pieces known to cinema. Jojo Rabbit, I think tried to achieve the same place as The Great Dictator but just was too goofy in its attempt.
See, I don’t hate Jojo Rabbit. I quite like it. I don’t want to say it but it’s a cute Holocaust film. And before everyone starts saying that I’m a Nazi, let me explain. There are a bunch of movies made on the Holocaust and the World Wars. However, all of them are gloomy, serious and thought-provoking. Jojo Rabbit is none of that. It’s funny, goofy at times and really dramatic too. It’s going to tug at your heartstrings. You’re going to cry, laugh and think WHAT IN THE BLOODY HELL AM I WATCHING!! The movie is an experience in itself and from here on further, I’m going to try to convince you to watch this movie. Because, honestly, it’s one of the best movies of this decade.
Watch It For The Acting
Starting with the Hitler, Taika Watiti did try his best. However, his Hitler got a little too goofy sometimes. Like there were some one-liners that were good but he’s eating unicorn in one scene! Which I guess was an artistic choice if we look at it the way that the movie is being portrayed from the perspective of a ten-year-old.
Scarlett Johansson is in it too, and though she’s good, the only part I remember her by in this movie is when she’s doing the black beard face.
However, it’s really the kids who are easily the standouts. Roman Griffin Davis does a great job carrying the movie. The young actor is without a doubt one of the best in his league of young actors. Thomasin McKenzie, who plays the Jew girl is just spectacular. She is heading the league. In fact, she is the league!
Then there’s Yorki played by Archie Yates who is….. definitely worth a watch. Even if you don’t like Jojo Rabbit I refuse to believe that you don’t like Yorki.
Watch It For The Story
Jojo Rabbit is a satire about a little indoctrinated boy named Jojo who looks up to Hitler more than anyone. However, Hitler is his imaginary friend. Half the movie is Jojo trying to fit in with his camp peers all who want to become Nazis while the other half is him dealing with the Jewish girl hidden in his closet.
Though I agree that Jojo Rabbit isn’t everyone’s cup of comedy but I don’t think that the anti-hate message is lost in the movie and all the comedy. I think the audience is smart enough to not forget the Holocaust was a bad thing while watching the movie. However, it also doesn’t mean you have to like the movie and its comedy. I, personally didn’t find this movie offending.
Unless you’re a Nazi yourself, you’re not going to get offended by the movie. It’s because the movie makes the Nazis look like idiots. Also, remember that the entire movie is from the perspective of a child. It shows how easily a child can be indoctrinated and made to believe in the wildest things about other people that it actually creates an ideology that would just be passed on for generations if not corrected. That being said, Jojo Rabbit treats the bad parts of the Holocaust – mind you all of the Holocaust was bad – as being so audaciously stupid that the movie just makes the Nazis the butt of the joke.
Story-wise the movie can be manipulative as it tugs at your heartstrings. Honestly, it’s a dramatic funny family film, and it’s perfect for a family movie night.
Just Watch Jojo Rabbit
Overall, Jojo Rabbit is a good watch and also a must-watch. However, just to warn you, there’s this one scene with Stephen Merchant which will determine if you find Jojo Rabbit funny or don’t want to continue watching. Personally, for me, the jury is still out on that one scene.
Depending on all of my rant above, I give Jojo Rabbit 3.5 out of 5.