Jojo Rabbit ★★★½

Pump fake from the trailer, I expected this to be more satirical comedy than a juvenile war drama.

Video Review - Just left theater (no spoilers)

The imaginary scenes involving Jojo and Adolf Hitler (played by director Taika Waititi) were painfully unfunny to watch. I'll give this points for a creative story, but if you go in thinking you're going to laugh, it's going to be disappointing. Scarlett Johannson plays Jojo's mother, a Jewish sympathizer who drinks and placates Jojo, refusing to encourage his misguided goal to be a Nazi.

There is a jarring dramatic moment that I didn't see coming. No spoilers, but points scored for the surprise. Also, I liked the creative story, the camerawork, sound and score, the acting was good, particularly Scar Jo Mom and Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis). Overall, I liked this. It wasn't amazing, but the creativity displayed entertained me. It's not the type of movie, however, I'll likely ever watch -- or want to watch -- again. Recommended.

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