Jojo Rabbit (2019)

Director: Taika Waititi
Writer/s: Taika Waititi
Starring: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, and more.

Jojo Rabbit

The Intro:
You know, “Jojo Rabbit” has been on quite the interesting path in my mind. It began as a “ooo, Taika Waititi doing a satire dramedy? Dope.” To me just straight up missing the movie in theaters. To finding out it is starting to churn up award chatter. Now, to being a Oscar nominated Best Picture! Personally, I never saw it coming. So with the nomination, it was time to see if it is really worthy of the nom from the perspective of Oberrated.

IMDB Summary:
“A young boy in Hitler’s army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.”

The Oberrating:
Undoubtedly unique, as I would only expect from a Waititi film. “Jojo Rabbit” is a good time. Silly and bubbly humor is spread all over the film in Waititi fashion from beginning to end. However, one thing threw me off balance; the impressive use of dramatic and delicate moments spread out in points of the film. I for one thought this would be a comedic satire through and through but the drama took me by surprise as I began to really feel the events happening to main act Roman Griffin Davis, as Jojo, as well as his co-stars like Scarlett Johansson playing Rosie and Thomasin McKenzie playing Elsa.

Performance wise, everyone is wonderful. The big four for me is Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin Mckenzie, Scarlett Johansson, and Taika Waititi (yes he acts in it too). But even away from the main stars, the supporting characters and their performances are just as strong despite a short screen time. Sam Rockwell is always wonderful, Rebel Wilson had a few funny moments, Stephen Merchant is hilarious, and young rock star, Archie Yates is hilariously exceptional.

Although the performances were great and “Jojo Rabbit” had some very surprising deep moments that strangely made the drama and comedy compliment each other, I did have some trouble staying locked into the film. For me, “Jojo Rabbit” has great moments but not a strong alluring consistency. I would say just at about at the halfway point or even the tail end of the quarter mark is where it started to lose me then I would go in and out of being fully attentive to the movie. Might be just me, but who knows.

The Wrap-Up:
I must say, I am a bit shocked at the nomination. The genre blend was superb and the performances are excellent but maybe I missed the mark as to what makes this a top notch “Best Picture” quality of film. Maybe some drawn connection between who Hitler is to Jojo Rabbit versus how he is being raised by his loving mother and what her goals for herself and Jojo is. Nonetheless, I sit with my decision and I say “Jojo Rabbit” is for sure a solid film and worth a view or two but Best Picture worthy… Eh.

Rating: 3/5

Other Takeaways:

  • There are few real good laugh out loud moments and a bit of jokes that fell flat.
  • To piggyback off the previous bullet, there are some real impressive dramatic moments that are strong much to the efforts that the stars put into their performances.
  • Taika is a wonder. ❤

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References
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2584384/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2584384/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast

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