Arts & Entertainment

Jojo Rabbit: The Coming-of-Age Story No One Expected to Need

Make sure to watch this movie before awards season.

By Rebekah Karp, Staff Writer/Artist

Walking into this movie, I didn’t know what to expect. I remember seeing the trailer and thinking, why was I laughing at a movie from the point of view of a World War 2 Nazi boy? And then I learned that it was a coming of age story … what? Needless to say, I was very intrigued at the least. 

The film’s cinematic style was very pleasing and reminded me a lot of some classic pieces of Wes Anderson’s style with vibrant colors and a saturated film look. I am a huge fan of Wes Anderson so this immediately drew me in. The main character, ten year old Nazi-to-be Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) has an imaginary friend which happens to be Hitler himself. Hitler is played by writer/director Taika Waititi, who ups the comedic value of this villain in history, so it is a little uncomfortable at first not knowing if the audience should be laughing. 

As the movie goes on and that shock factor goes away, the film takes a slight turn towards the more intense — but in a good way. The side-kick Hitler is toned down a bit and the audience is introduced to the young Jewish girl Jojo’s mother is hiding. Her name is Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie). The tone shifts and Jojo tries to understand why the Jews are portrayed the way they are in his society.  The film is tied together with a very relevant theme of love and acceptance and leaves viewers feeling emotional at the end. 

Altogether this film is visually done very well and does a brilliant job at relying on satire to portray its comedic moments. It will definitely be in the spotlight during awards season and should be on everyone’s To-Watch list. 

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