Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit ★★★★½

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“And it is up to you to decide if you want to be remembered, or disappear without a trace, like a pitiful grain of sand into a desert of insignificance. To put it plainly. Get your s**t together and sort out your priorities.” 🦋

Who else but Hollywood’s self-proclaimed “Polynesian Jew” to blend such an audacious concept, serious subject matter and whimsical nature into a rousing Academy Award winning-success? Carefully balancing cutting satire with a sentimental coming-of-age story, the WWII fairy tale is sharp, quirky and pulls few punches, taking audiences from fits of uncontrollable laughter to tear-jerking sequences and everything in between. Making a mockery of the Nazis in 2019 is still a bold decision, and frightening when compared to contemporary politics, plus several jarring tonal shifts can catch unsuspecting viewers off-guard, so be sure to have a tissue or two handy. At the film’s heart is its stellar cast and gorgeous production design, injecting every scene with playful exchanges and a light-hearted tone, like our leading couple and future stars Roman Griffin Davis and Thomas McKenzie, heavy hitters Sam Rockwell and Scarlett Johansson, but best of all is the scene-stealing Archie Yates, who’s sure to have a place in the on-screen Hitler Youth hall of fame.

9/10 grenades strapped to child soldiers.

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