A spectacle in the truest sense of the word. With so much of cinema from the silent era lost to time, it feels like a blessing that this has survived and I am able to watch it.
Genuinely belly laughed more than a few times. De Niro is legitimately pretty great. The main problem (besides it’s dated-ness) that is has, which it shares with countless studio comedies, is how it gets bogged down in a plot that is boring and underwritten. The last 20ish minutes drag on forever. I do not care how the gangster meeting gets resolved, I just want Bobby D getting mad about psychological concepts.
Jojo Rabbit's tagline marketed it as an "anti-hate satire." Let's break that down. Anti-hate? Sure. I can accept this. Anti-hate in the same modern feel-good liberal sense where we're color-blind and we can pal around with war criminals as long as we be nice to each other. Whatever. What concerns me more is the satire aspect. What exactly is Jojo Rabbit a satire of? Having your movie take place during wartime but have it ostensibly be a comedy does not…
My favourite western? Probably the fantasy sequence in Nine to Five where Dolly Parton lassos and hogties her sexist boss and then roasts him on a spit over an open flame.
I wish that this was maybe more outwardly anti-capitalist (and also didn't end on a weirdly racist joke about Brazil?) but it's still pretty great. It was also a treat to watch it with my mom who worked a fucking soul-reaping office job for decades and hear her say, "good for you girl," multiple times.