Rent Jojo Rabbit (2019)

3.8 of 5 from 195 ratings
1h 44min
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Synopsis:
Jojo Rabbit follows a lonely German boy (Roman Griffin Davis), whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided by his wildly idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.
Actors:
Roman Griffin Davis, , , , , , , , Archie Yates, , , , , , , Billy Rayner, , Gilby Griffin Davis, Hardy Griffin Davis,
Directors:
Producers:
Carthew Neal, Taika Waititi, Chelsea Winstanley
Writers:
Taika Waititi, Christine Leunens
Others:
Michael Giacchino, Ra Vincent, Carthew Neal, Tom Eagles, Mayes C. Rubeo, Nora Sopková
Studio:
Walt Disney
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Collections, New Releases
Awards:

2020 BAFTA Best Adapted Screen Play

2020 Oscar Best Adapted Screen Play

BBFC:
Release Date:
11/05/2020
Run Time:
104 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
11/05/2020
Run Time:
108 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Deleted Scenes: Imaginary Goring
  • Little Piggies
  • Adolf Dies Again
  • Outtakes
  • Inside 'Jojo Rabbit'
  • Audio Commentary by Taika Waititi
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (3) of Jojo Rabbit

Inexorable Videos Micro Review: Jojo Rabbit - Jojo Rabbit review by EP

Spoiler Alert
02/02/2020

Most of the jokes revolve around “haha funny Hitler” and the film simply doesn’t have enough finesse - nor is it funny enough - to achieve top marks. With that said, Roman Griffin Davis delivers an astounding performance and Waititi’s writing gives the movie the oomph it needs.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Good film - Jojo Rabbit review by TH

Spoiler Alert
21/03/2020

I enjoyed this film. It mixes humour and drama well. The acting is decent and the jokes are dark but fitting with Taika's style. Strong movie that I would recommend.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Awful - Jojo Rabbit review by PD

Spoiler Alert
Updated 26/05/2020

Oh dear. It's difficult to put into words how bad this one is. The premise is certainly intriguing - Hitler as imaginary friend to little Hitler Youth member Jojo, but unfortunately Roman Griffin Davis as Jojo is rather one-dimensional throughout, and Waititi’s badly misjudged performance as Hitler underlines the fact that the film is (and I'm assuming it's trying to be both) neither a hard-hitting satire nor a heartwarming 'love conquers all' piece, but ultimately a bland work from which I was glad to be released.

I like the idea of ironic anti-Semitism, like the idea of treating horror with ridicule, like the idea of a film which wants to rub our faces in the horrible thing and making us confront it with an amusing tonic that helps the medicine go down, but this definitely ain't it, and after a few potential threads, Waititi ultimately just opts for the path of least resistance and you're left wondering what the point of it all was, frankly. For the film fails to attack, or even really notice, the evil before us, and the moments when people are shown hanged in the streets serve only to point up the sanitised, a-historical silliness of everything we're shown on-screen which means we are given precious little to think about en route. Awful.

0 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Jojo Rabbit review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Jojo Rabbit has come branded in its marketing as a satire on hate. It’s not exactly the hardest feat to pull off. Mocking Adolf Hitler has always been a rather easy sell, as is the mockery of Nazi party and their flawed fascist ideals. While this picture doesn’t quite pack the big bite, merely showcasing the easy jokes to make out the ignorance born from Hitler’s influence, it does well enough staging a whimsical romance and a telling tale of how powerful imagination can be.

It’s the final days of the Nazi party in Germany but the 10-year-old Jojo (Roman Griffin) is under the impression that the party is just getting started. He has been conditioned by the Nazis to not only believe that they shall win but that Hitler is the absolute best. So idolized is Hitler that JoJo has placed a quirky version of the leader in his mind that can deliver witty talks and encouraging pep talks. The magical version of Hitler is played by the director Taika Waititi and is given a chummy appeal to make the monster seem more pleasing to children. Even if he does constantly offer Jojo cigarettes, he represents a certain wonderment of being a man, that everything will be perfect so long as he follows the words of his hero.

But those words don’t work out so well for him. While at a camp for training little Nazis, Jojo has a mishap with a grenade when trying to prove himself. The accident leaves him with a scarred face and weakened legs. He feels as though life is over for him as he’ll no longer be able to serve his country on the front line. Still, his mother (Scarlett Johansson) sticks up for him and keeps his spirits chipper. But then Jojo’s life is thrown a curveball when he discovers there’s a Jew living in his walls. Jojo is frightened and confused by this girl, Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie). Where are her horns? Why does she hide when she is such a demon? And how is it that Jojo is not able to kill this girl? Could it be love? Or hypnotized Jew love?

The film thankfully favors more of this quirky childhood romance than political satire. Roman and Thomasin have a very cute coupling as they try to understand each other amid a tense war that rages right outside their doors. They struggle to keep secrets and come to emotional realizations as empathy slowly forms. It’s fairly routine but still charming as it is.

On the outside, Jojo’s associates are built from familiar tropes and simple Nazi gags. Captain Klenzendorf (Sam Rockwell) is the Nazi Youth captain who has grown bitter and drunk but still has a bit of affection for having been wounded himself. He’ll still fall in line to make uninformed statements about Jews and draw himself up a ridiculous outfit to wear into combat. Another Hitler Youth instructor is Fräulein Rahm (Rebel Wilson), a woman who specializes in gossip about the enemy, making up wild stories about curses and hypnotism. Stephen Merchant plays a smiling and intimidating Gestapo who provides some added tension. All of their gags are fairly predictable and treat on relatively safe ground easy enough to mock for bumbling bad guys of ignorant minds.

Jojo Rabbit never quite hits that sweet spot of either political commentary or childhood romance but damned if it doesn’t come close. There always seems to be a certain heart present and a satire that makes itself very clear what it’s all about, especially for a climax of Jojo quite literally telling Hitler to go F off. There’s some darkness to its tale to make the sting of war reasonably deep as well as simple moments of warmth between Johansson and Griffin. It’s an easy comedy with an uneasy twinge of something more not quite being there.

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