Jojo Rabbit ★★★★

New Zealand writer/director Taika Waititi has always been the magic elixir to make things better. His new movie Jojo Rabbit is yet another beneficiary of the sheer force of personality. The drama is well performed, the comedy well placed. The big question surrounding his passion project (is this a passion project?) was whether he could pull off the tonal balance. While his portrayal of Hitler as a complete dolt is the defining element of the movie overall, I think he does just enough with his screenplay to make us care about other things as well. It's an undeniably heartfelt message about how love, compassion and optimism can be the tools to defeat hatred and prejudice.

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