Director Taika Waititi has done the impossible, he makes you like Adolf Hitler. In this dark indie comedy, Waitit tell the story of a young Nazi youth who slowly starts to become disillusioned by the world he’s been brainwashed to believe in. His mother (played by Scarlett Johansson) introduces an element into his life that not only changes his perspective on the war but also his outlook on the world.
The story is based on Christine Leunens‘s book Caging Skies. Roman Griffin Davisportrays the title character, Johannes “Jojo” Betzler, a Hitler Youth member who finds out his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. He must then question his beliefs, while dealing with the intervention of his imaginary friend, a fanciful version of Adolf Hitler (Waititi). The film also stars Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, and Sam Rockwell.
The cast is fantastic in the film. Scarlett Johansson is excellent as the mother who wants to try and get her son back from the brainwashing of Nazi propaganda; Sam Rockwell is hilarious as the secretly gay Nazi youth instructor; Rebel Wilson is also funny in a cameo role as an overly excited gun toting Nazi secretary.
But in the end it’s the relationship between Davis’ Jojo and Jewish stowaway Thomasin McKenzie who plays Elsa. Jojo goes from hating her based on what he was told about Jews to developing a bit of a crush on her despite the disapproval of his imaginary friend, Hitler.
Overall Jojo Rabbit is a hilarious and thought provoking film about acceptance and the true horrors of war. HipsterZOMBIEJoint highly recommends it!