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Film REVIEW: Jojo Rabbit (2019) - ★★★★★

Updated: Mar 28, 2023

Director: Taika Waititi

Writer: Taika Waititi based on Caging Skies by Christine Leunens

Stars: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Taika Waititi, Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson.

Genre: Comedy, Drama, War

Themes: Nazi Germany, World War Two, Satire

A young German boy in the Hitler Youth whose hero and imaginary friend is the country's dictator is shocked to discover that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

The film receivedpolarized critical reviews due to its comedic treatment of the subject of Nazism.



Daniel (Age 11) - ★★★★1/2

"I thought Jojo Rabbit was a great film.

It was funny, gripping and creative. It made me laugh out loud and my favourite scenes were the ones at the Hitler Youth training camp.

It was a very moving story with some really emotional scenes. The acting was phenomenal especially from the young actor who played Jojo.

All and all I really enjoyed this film and I would recommend it."

Mylo (Age 13) - ★★★★★

"JoJo Rabbit was a brilliant film, it contrasted the joys of a child's imagination with the brutal world that Germany was at that time. It was filmed from the child's perspective, exaggerating the contrast and giving a sense of playfulness. The film had meaningful moments, moments of great sadness and happy moments that brought it all together. The emotions brought on by these moments were shown through great use of filming techniques and engaging dialogue. Altogether, it is a film which is interesting and enjoyable whilst making you think and appreciate the hardship that many Germans suffered."

Hollye (Age 12) - ★★★★★

"I really enjoyed this movie, and I thought it was very interesting that the movie was written from a German perspective. It also showed really well how little children and adults actually knew or understood about the war."

Mix Up Rating - ★★★★★

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Like this? Try these!....

  1. Empire of the Sun (1987) - #2 - ★★★★★

  2. Avengers: Endgame (2019) - #49 - ★★★★★

  3. The Great Dictator (1940) - #194 - ★★★★

  4. Life is Beautiful (1997) - #195 - ★★★★

  5. The Monuments Men (2014) - #609 -

  6. Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005) - n/a

  7. Tea with Mussolini (1999) - n/a

Scarlett Johansson and Taika Waititi are integral parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe - you can see them both in action in Avengers: Endgame.

There isn't an awful lot of comedies about the Nazis of course but almost similar vibes can be found in Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator and Roberto Benigni's Life is Beautiful.

For more comedy dramas set during WWII check out The Monuments Men, Mrs. Henderson Presents and Tea with Mussolini.

Meanwhile one of our favourite films follows another young boy in WWII in Empire of the Sun.

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