It is the latter part of World War II, and all Jojo Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) wants is to become a Nazi. He turns to his 10-year-old imagination and begins to befriend a wackier version of Nazi Germany’s ruler, Adolf Hitler. One day, he finds out that his mother, Rosie (Scarlett Johansson), is housing a Jewish girl named Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie). Despite going directly against his young beliefs, he has no choice but to keep quiet for his and his family’s safety. Soon, he and his imaginary friend begin to see the world differently. Written and directed by Taika Waititi.~Jinko Labitag
When I first heard my brother and dad talk about this movie I didn't really think it was for someone like me. Still, I have this movie a watch since I was buying it for father's day for my dad. I'm glad I watched it!
It's a really hilarious movie. Taika Waititi is an actor that I was previously unfamiliar with but he was hilarious in this movie. Sam Rockwell I was familiar with from 3 Billboards and he was both funny and also a very genuine character looking out for his young friend. Scarlett Johannsen is not a favorite actor of mine, but I think she really nailed the role as a caring mother protecting her son and a Jewish friend of her late daughter.
There are moments in this movie that will make you cry. I don't share spoilers so I won't share it but I will say it's a heartbreaking moment that also demonstrates the core theme of sacrificing one's self to protect others and fight for what's right. Overall, this movie is a story about promoting tolerance and love in the face of dangerous hate, with plenty of jokes thrown in to offset an otherwise dark subject matter.
The biggest surprise of 2019 seemed to come from some alternate reality of craziness: “Jojo Rabbit”, a World War II comedy that tells of the coming of age of a 10-year-old German boy of the Hitlerjugend whose imaginary playmate is his idol Adolf Hitler (played by the writer/director Taika Waititi). There’s lots of hilarity (some of it priceless in its satirical silliness) but what surprises beyond the wild inventiveness of the storytelling is the underlying serious reality of the horrors of the fascist regime that at unexpectedly moments unearths profound emotional responses in the viewer. Quite frankly, I often found myself laughing one minute and crying the next. The acting is uniformly excellent, especially Sam Rockwell as the one-eyed training camp captain and Scarlett Johansson as the boy’s unfailingly dauntless mother, but it is really Roman Griffin Davis who steals the film as the boy Johannes who earns the disparaging nickname ‘Jojo Rabbit’ when he finds he can’t obey an order from Rockwell to kill a rabbit with his bare hands. Brilliantly edited, it may not be as polished as the usual by a master filmmaker but it more than compensates for it by its inspired creativity and emotional resonance which are the main reasons I love this film as much as any of 2019. Don’t let its wacky title fool you: this is a little gem you won’t easily forget
I am amazed how well done this movie is considering the content... Rebel Wilson not withstanding.
I will just get this out of the way now and never mention it again. Rebel Wilson is a major distraction she looks like she didn't want to be there and was actively trying to sabotage the film. But the truth of the matter is she cannot hold a candle to Sam Rockwells - nonchalantness. I wish they would of swapped her role with ScarJo.
Now the good.
The writing is very well done. Sam Rockwell kills it! The child actors were exceptional (as far as child actors go) and not only is the story told via dialogue but visual... meaning you can watch the progress of the war thru what people are doing, what they say, and the change to the town. I will just say, this film is up with Dr. Strangelove in terms of black humor. If I could adjust one thing in the film, I kind of feel that Scarlett Johansson and Rebel Wilson should of switched roles.
I will warn you though, this film does have pretty dark tones. There is a very well setup event that is pretty dark in the end.
I had heard of this movie but pretty much dismissed it, but after several people telling me it was really good and that I'd like it, so I gave it a watch. The movie is hilarious! Yes most of the actors speak with British accents even though they are in war-torn Germany, but once you get past that, you will be laughing out loud. The acting is phenomenal, especially the child actors! The humor is quick and witty. The movie also on top of the satire and humor has an emotional side that I wasn't expecting. This movie is definitely one to watch!
Great movie! Funny and sad - a welcome mix of Anne Frank's Diary, Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" and "Schindler's List". There is a lot of theater of the absurd antics early in the movie which follows a little boy who is very loyal to his country, to the point which his imaginary best friend is none other than Hitler himself. The story follows his increasingly desperate and silly efforts to be a loyal party member despite events rapidly proving he is anything but. As he finds out his parents are underground railroad operators helping people escape Germany, he also finds friendship and love unexpectedly from someone he is supposed to hate and destroy, according to his imaginary friend. You will laugh, you will cry, you will celebrate the human condition at its best. I was having trouble finding this movie at the time I bought it and was supremely happy Best Buy had it and got it to me quickly. Thanks!
This film is great, it is set in the this era of darkness but expressed through comedy and a young boys perspective in which you get to see what inner thinks I'm his position and how he changes throughout the movie as he sees more and more about what he believed in! Absolutely beautiful film, Taika Waititi is a director that will help save cinema!
A comedy about World War II Germany and the Hitler Youth, with a young hero who worships der Fuhrer so much he makes him an imaginary friend? That description might inspire more cringing than laughing, but this movie, written and directed by New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi who also stars as Adolf Hitler, works in much the same way that Roberto Begnini's Oscar winning film "Life Is Beautiful" did a couple decades back. It finds the humanity in the horror of what the Third Reich perpetrated, as our young hero Jo Jo learns about life, love, Jews, sacrifice, and honor from his mother, played by Scarlett Johansson in an Oscar nominated performance. As unlikely as it sounds, this is a movie to savor and watch again and again.
A:AnswerAll of Disney's 4K releases are called "Ultimate Collector's Edition" just because the 4K/Blu-ray/Digital combo pack is considered the best combo, regardless of bonus content. Unfortunately, there are no additional bonus features on the 4K edition.