Review of JOJO RABBIT – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 48 mins. 

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JOJO RABBIT – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 48 mins. 

DIRECTOR:  Taika Waititi 

WRITERS:  Christine Leunens (Novel), Taika Waititi (Screenplay) 

STARRING:  Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson,  Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant and Taika Waititi

Alas, we finally get to view a film that will literally strike at your funny bone, more than once, as we venture into Nazi Army training camp with young Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis), as he, and his imaginary friend, none other than the Fuhrer himself, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), are attempting to turn him into a young man worthy of being a part of the German infantry…

Torn between his love for his friend Adolf, for his country, and for his single mother Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) too, Jojo becomes more and more concerned that his mother doesn’t seem quite as infatuated with the Fuhrer as he is, or with the war he is striving to be a part of…

When Jojo happens upon a young Jewish girl in their home, that his mother has chosen to keep from the outside world, Jojo doesn’t know which way to turn, as outing his mother isn’t really an option, nor is letting anyone find his new friend Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie), as Jojo now struggles with his loyalty to his beloved Germany, and for that matter, his imaginary friend Adolf too, bringing nothing but anguish to him, and on which way to turn…

I give Jojo Rabbit a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN! :  I have been  looking forward to viewing any movie this year that could actually make me laugh out loud, and shed a tear a few frames later too, and by golly, who would have thought that a movie with a ten year old boy, day dreaming of Hitler, while keeping a Jew hidden from view would be “just the ticket”, and  incredibly, its true!  Young Roman Griffin Davis is hilarious, playing the “Hyle Hitler” smitten young German Jojo.  His innocence, mixed with his ideology for his country, and Hitler for that matter is literally fabricated throughout every inch of this film, but in a way, that it all seems genuine, and oh so real.  Johansson is also fabulous this time around too, playing Jojo’s single Mom, who wants to go through this life, doing only what is best for her son. Rockwell’s performance as German Captain Klenzendorf is sheer perfection too, as his time on screen isn’t significant, but just as vital to the story at hand.  I was happy to see Rebel Wilson try to extend her acting chops too, with her small, and almost crucial role.  But the best part for me, was Director Taika Waititi playing the “imaginary” Adolf Hitler throughout the film, as his visions and advice for young Jojo, just keep the laughs coming throughout.  Of all the films that are popping this year ~ Jojo Rabbit was one of the few films that I just couldn’t wait to view, and I am happy to report that every bit of it, met with my expectations going in, and that very seldom rings true.  Is the premise rather quirky, why yes, of course it is, but this is one of those rare films that manages to touch your entire spectrum of emotions, without making you linger on any of them for far too long, making JoJo Rabbit, once of this year’s best films for me, from start to finish!

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