CradeVescent’s review published on Letterboxd:
Life is a gift. We must celebrate it.
Jojo Rabbit shows World War II from a different perspective than most films on a similar subject and has a great balance between drama and comedy. It is not afraid of creating ridiculous situations out of everything, while also being historically accurate for the most part.
Roman Griffin Davis is just perfect for a role like that. You can see that he's trying very hard to become an big part of what he believes into, while also being very scared and confused. He has a very special chemistry with almost every other actor, especially with Scarlett Johansson. She has every quality of a good mother who will do everything to protect her only child. Thomasin McKenzie in some way has a lot in common with Roman Griffin. Their very unexpected relationship serves as a voice of reason in this whole story. Taika Waititi is without a doubt one of the best aspects of this film and him being of Jewish descent only makes this even more insulting. Sam Rockwell gives a very touching performance, Rebel Wilson is unexpectedly hilarious, Stephen Merchant makes quite a memorable appearance and Archie Yates adds a final touch to ridiculing the Nazi propaganda practices.
Even though Jojo Rabbit never glorifies Nazism, it didn't stop one of the countries who won this war, Russia from banning this film from screening. And that's a shame, because it's very important not only to remember the horrros of this war, but also making fun of those who think they can destroy everything they don't like which To Be or Not to Be proved almost seventy years ago when everything was still far from over.