Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit ★★★★

Such a wonderous and childlike version of something so dark and tragic. Of course, this time in history is not to take lightly and make jokes of - unless it's done exactly right. Taika Waititi does it right.

In the beginning it's very Wes Anderson-like, maybe even too much. I was worried this would just be that for the entire movie. I love Wes Anderson, but Taika Waititi has a similar, yet very different style - which luckily comes to the forefront quickly.

The whole movie is from a child's perspective, which puts the viewer in an awkward position. The child is a nazi, we don't want to deal with the fact that nazis were real people, but we do know that children can't be held totally accountable for their beliefs and actions, so it's weird. That's the realm Waititi plays in, and it works brilliantly.

I expected to laugh, but I didn't expect to be emotionally moved by this film. Some of the scenes are really heavy, and even within the satiric context they become quite moving and effective.