Jojo is a young, ten-year-old German boy who is growing up during the final months of World War Two. His best friend is an imaginary Hitler who supports his drive to be the best Nazi, however, it's his mother who reminds him of the important pieces of the world with a joke and a smile. As Jojo comes to grips with the conflict between what his country believes and what he learns to be true, the young man must accept that is idols aren't all they are cracked up to be.
Directed and produced by Taika Waititi. He also wrote the screenplay (adapted from a novel) and acted in the role of Adolf. Busy guy right? I believe he needed to have his hand in all the places in order to tell the story he wanted--and make it relevant to today's issues. And with this subject matter, it would take someone who was willing to put it all on his shoulders to get the movie made.
Jojo Rabbit is more than a light-hearted poke at Hitler. It gives us a chance to examine how our beliefs MUST be challenged. We can't always take what others tell us to be true. In the light of Fake News and corrupt politicians, we must find what is good and right in the world.
With Scarlett Johannson, Rebel Wilson and Sam Rockwell, Jojo Rabbit has acting power but it's the young actors, Roman Griffin Davis (Jojo), Archie Yates (Yorki), and Thomasin McKenzie (Elsa) who steal the show. They have the difficult job of showing how those outrageous beliefs impact their lives.
This is a wonderfully told movie with both funny and equally sad moments. Even better, it's a movie people should be talking about. Through those discussions, will we be able to get a full picture and bring about connections rather than dissension.
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