allain’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is satire used in the right way and it’s still as hilarious and depressing as my first watch almost a year ago. Jojo Rabbit is about a German boy, who idolizes Hitler too much that he invented an imaginary friend in his image, felt conflicted after finding a Jewish girl hidden in their attack. There’s something unique in seeing World War 2 unfold in a child’s perspective, as they are the most susceptible to fascist propaganda and the film threads a coming-of-age satire in the life of a German boy heading to a Nazi camp. Its key plot revolves around two characters—one is a nationalistic, Hitler-idolizing boy and the other is a Jewish girl hiding from the Gestapo—and how their accidental meetup changed their overall viewpoints. Immersion is such a powerful concept because it humanizes the enemy you were told lies about and the film depicted this humanization through Jojo and Elsa, who, although gradually, learned how to sympathize and understand one another, even if it goes against their preconceived ideologies. The shift of tones, from comedic to serious, sets a constant tension to its audience, reminding us of a war happening in the background as the characters go by with their day. With that being said, the cinematography is reminiscent of Wes Anderson, with its bright and pastel color palette, and the ensemble cast performed well, especially Taika Waititi and Sam Rockwell. The overall feel-good nature of the film reminds its audience that maybe all we need is to be more empathetic with one another to achieve the world peace we badly crave for.