Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit

I love Taika. HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE and WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS are close to perfect films for me. And THOR: RAGNAROK is indisputably the best of the Marvel movies. I went into this expecting to fall completely in love. But I didn’t. This felt really uneven to me. There were moments that worked and some that didn’t. Hitler as imaginary friend didn’t work for me at all. But I loved the deadpan black satire of the youth camp, the Hitler jüden, and the Gestapo visit. Some of the dramatic sequences and emotional beats were strong too. But the mash up of the two is what I think felt uneven. I will say the cast is pretty great though. Sam Rockwell and ScarJo earn their dollars. I also think Taika was experimenting with tone and storytelling on this one and while this film wasn’t super strong for me, I’m betting those lessons pay off on future Taika projects.