When I first saw the posters for ‘Jojo Rabbit’, I was nervous. Since ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, I’ve become quite a fan of Taika Waititi, so to see him dressed as Hitler put me on edge. I was thinking “is this man about to ruin his career?” To cut a long story short, for me, Taika Waititi has saved comedy while dressed as Hitler. This man is a genius.
Firstly, everybody is very well cast. It completely blew me away how funny Taika Waititi made Hitler. I couldn’t work out why it worked so well until the other day, when I realised it’s just Taika doing Taika while pretending to be Hitler.
Roman Griffin Davis, who plays the titular ten-year-old, is one of the best casting choices I have seen in a long time – especially for a kid. I was so impressed by this kid’s range! He is not only hilarious and confident, he’s able to convey such raw emotion on camera. That’s real talent.
Sam Rockwell as Captain Klenzendorf was brilliant. He plays this camp, flamboyant Nazi soldier who, instead of being at war, is stuck teaching all the kids how to be a Nazi. He hates his job and I love his character.
A perfect enemy to Klenzendorf is Jojo’s mother, Rosie, who is played by Scarlett Johansson. I’ve never really had much respect for her as an actress. In everything I’ve seen her in, she’s either been mediocre or cringey. Additionally, she has been putting her feet in some pretty stinky s**t recently with her merciless contributions to whitewashing. That said, she was brilliant in this film. I was most impressed with her, to be honest. I believe that this film is a major redeeming performance for her and I think she plays one of the best characters in it.
The supporting cast of Stephen Merchant, Rebel Wilson and others were also very well cast and fulfilled their roles perfectly.
Along with the great casting and performances was a brilliant script. Taika Waititi is such a fantastic writer and he knows exactly how to make a good story funny. It’s not easy writing comedy. How do you take a solid, meaningful story about a young boy in Nazi Germany and make it funny? Genius is the answer.
All you really need for great comedy is good casting, on-point performances and a great script. This film ticks all of those boxes.
While I don’t think the cinematography or soundtrack was particularly amazing, it was good enough to create emotion and worked well with the script. Other than that, I cannot fault this film. Definitely recommended!