I have never found a movie which could make me laugh at one moment and cry the next with the click of a pistol before Jojo Rabbit. This incredible film follows 10-year-old Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) in Nazi Germany towards the end of World War Two who lives with his Mother – Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) who is helping to hide a Jew – Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie) from the clutches of the concentration camps. Riddled with dark comedy and Hitler being an imaginary friend, I strongly recommend the watch.
The cast is incredible. It includes the talents of well-known actors such as Rebel Wilson, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Stephen Merchant and Taika Waititi (who also directed, produced and wrote the screenplay for this amazing film). But also introducing emerging actors such as Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie and Archie Yates who are possibly the most talented actors and actresses I’ve ever seen. Roman Griffin Davis perfectly portrays an innocent German boy who is simply swept up in all the Nazi Propaganda but also is a truly funny, sweet boy who just longs to be Hitler’s best friend. Thomasin McKenzie represents a feisty girl named Elsa who tries not to show her true fear of being taken away by the Nazis.
The film raised awareness of what so many of the history books fail to mention. It shows a far more humane side to Germany during World War Two: the few who longed for the war to be over and those who simply longed for the war to be over so they could go back to their loved ones. The few who put their lives on the line to protect others. It showed how even though some Germans were Nazis through and through, not all Germans’ are bad – an important message to today’s society.
The one issue I have with this film is the rating. Of course, this is not the film’s fault as it was the BBFC who rated the film but there are honestly no other negatives. This film is rated a 12A, but I think it should be rated a 12, at least. This is due to the fact that there are some scenes which are extremely upsetting and very violent and could distress younger viewers.
Other than that tiny, miniscule issue, I really recommend this film as it is definitely worth the watch. There is no wonder it’s been nominated for so many awards and I can say, hand on heart, that this film deserves to win every single one.