Jojo Rabbit


Rafael 1 Thu, Oct 10, 2019 3:15 PM
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:108 min.
Director:Taika Waititi
Producer:Carthew Neal
Taika Waititi
Chelsea Winstanley
Screenwriter:Taika Waititi
Cinematographer:Mihai Malaimare Jr.
Editor:Tom Eagles
Cast:Scarlett Johansson
Taika Waititi
Thomasin McKenzie
Roman Griffin Davis
Sam Rockwell
Rebel Wilson
Alfie Allen
Print Source:Fox Searchlight
Note Writer:Sterling Hedgpeth


Johannes Betzler is having a rough year. His weekend at Hitler Youth camp was a disaster, and he’s now been assigned menial tasks for the Nazi Party (as well as an insulting nickname). As he confesses to his imaginary best friend Adolf Hitler (played hilariously by director Taika Waititi), "Jojo" just wants to serve the cause. And so Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, MVFF37) takes us down a surreal historical rabbit hole where the jabs at fascism are fast and Führer-ous. But he also shows how buffoons are often the most dangerous monsters and that the most casual cruelties can be found in your own backyard. With fine support from Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, and Thomasin McKenzie (the breakout star of last year's Leave No Trace), the film’s wit is dry, its humor broad, but the stakes are perilously high. Like Life Is Beautiful, this absurdist fable amidst real-life horror illustrates that few are truly innocent when faced with deadly moral choices.

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An actor and comedian before turning to filmmaking, New Zealander Taika Waitit’s short film Two Cars, One Night (2004) was nominated for an Academy Award® in the live-action short category. He made his feature directing debut with Eagle vs. Shark (2007), winning the New Zealand Film and TV Awards’ (NZFTVA) feature directing prize. Waititi’s growing body of work includes Boy (2010), for which he won three NZFTVAs for screenplay, direction, and Best Supporting Actor; What We Do in the Shadows (2014); Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016), winner of six NZFTVAs, including Best Film and Best Director; and Thor: Ragnarok (2017).