Jojo Rabbit (PG-13) ★★★★

By October 13, 2019 November 16th, 2019 Backstage Pass

“Jojo Rabbit” PG-13 it’s an anti-hate satire by writer and director Taika Waititi.

It’s the story of a lonely German boy during WWII played by Roman Griffin Davis as Jojo, he’s a member of the Hitler youth, although his parents are members of the resistance. His world view is turned upside down when he discovers his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic.

The film is based on the book, “Caging Skies,” although here’s a case where the movie is better than the book. The novel paints a much darker picture of Jojo, lacks the comedic tone, and is mean-spirited.

During Jojo’s Hitler youth training, he got his name by refusing to kill a bunny in the forest during his Hitler camp exercises.

I applaud Taika Waititi as he created something very new, fresh, and different in his film. “Jojo Rabbit” is a reminder that we shouldn’t be quick to make judgments and that we should follow our hearts and do what is right. The comedic aspects are hysterical, and I laughed from start to finish!

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Sarah Knight Adamson© October 13, 2019