JoJo Rabbit is an unusual film that has got people debating if it’s spectacular or a failure. The film has no typical ingredient that would make it a successful film and yet, since the release the film has made noise for all the right reasons.
The film was released on OTT platforms last week and here is why you should watch immediately.
It’s More Than a Visual Delight
Director Taika Watiti (who also portrays the role of Adolf Hitler in the film) is known for his eccentric characterizations which make the characters relatable and empathetic. In JoJo Rabbit, he does the opposite. Young JoJo lives in Nazi Germany when the Second World War is raging on. He discovers his mother hiding a young Jew girl and contemplates turning them over to the authorities with his imaginary friend Adolf Hitler.
The film is hilarious as it maneuvers through questions like blind fanaticism, childhood, and the development of a belief system. JoJo befriends the Jew girl Elsa and learns that Jews are not mind reading, blood-thirsty monsters he always thought they were. He sees himself as a scientist studying a new species- the Jew girl.
Waititi’s faith in the notion that a child will lead us out of ignorance may be naïve. It’s also deeply affecting. – Rolling Stone
The Film is an Odd Juxtaposition of Extremes
It is hard to imagine the Nazis as anything but criminals but JoJo’s imaginary friend Adolf tries to humanize them making JoJo believe that not all is bad about Nazi Germany. His mother is secretly allying help to fight the Nazis but does not stop her son from believing in their propaganda.
The film lays partway between the anti-hate- dark comedy genre. Depicting the most violent genocide in history as comical and farcical, the film The absurdity that JoJo believes can be disregarded because well, he is just 10 but that is the only thing that separates JoJo from any other Nazi.
A young boy’s perspective makes it humorous but it’s an uncomfortable laugh because as audience we know that the film although set in history is still relevant today.