It’s hard to know if you should be laughing or crying at writer director
Taika Waititi’s – he also plays Adolph Hitler – “JoJo Rabbit” as the story,
about a young boy’s upbringing during World War 2, moves between outright
farce and emotional heartache.
Young Griffin Davis is outstanding as the young JoJo Betzler – he’s given
the nickname JoJo Rabbit by some Nazi thugs after he refuses, at a Hitler
youth camp, to snap the neck of a rabbit.
The story follows young JoJo, who lives with his mother Rosie (Scarlett
Johansson), through the rise of the Nazis to their ultimate demise. Along
the way the fervent young Nazi takes part in a Nazi training camps for kids
and helps the local Nazis spread their hate propaganda regarding the Jews.
However things change for him when he finds young Jewish refuge called Elsa
(Thomasin McKenzie) hiding in a bedroom of his house.
Waititi’s script is littered with moments of brilliant satire, Stephen
Merchant turns up as a Heil Hitler saluting gestapo officer whilst Sam
Rockwell play’s a “nice” Nazi who tells it the way it is.
“JoJo Rabbit”, given the topic, might not be an easy watch for many, should
we be laughing at a Jewish hating Nazi youth? Fortunately Waititi manages
to strike just about the right balance between comedy and drama and manages
to make “JoJo Rabbit” a highly enjoyable watch.