Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit ★★★★

Five things…

1. Jojo Rabbit is as hilarious as it is heartfelt… which is to say, extremely.

2. Both Roman Griffin Davis and Thomasin McKenzie turn in incredible performances, here. McKenzie was already on my radar thanks to her stellar performance in last year’s Leave No Trace, but Davis is probably the best performance from a newcomer I’ve seen all year.

3. There’s absolutely no reason both Taika Waititi and Sam Rockwell shouldn’t be in major contention for Best Supporting Actor come Oscar time. Waititi, of course, being the more obvious of the two, what with his take on Hitler being the most absurd, unstable, ludicrous and unsettling I’ve seen probably ever. He perfectly captures the essence of that silly little monster, without ever abandoning the weight of what he’d done. Meanwhile, Rockwell creates an impossibly likable asshole as - apparently - only he really can.

4. Scarlett Johansson is really the only weak link in terms of the cast, and even then, it’s more so because of how little screen-time she actually gets than any issues with her performance.

5. The first two acts here are magnificent. Hilarious and heartwarming and silly and disarming and so incredibly heartbreaking. Sadly, it loses its steam and focus by the time the third act comes around, and disappoints with an unfocused finale that failed to hit home in the way the rest of the film did.

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