Movie Reviews

Jojo Rabbit (2019)

jojo-rabbit-movie-review-2019-posterDirector: Taika Waititi

Genre: War, Drama, Comedy

Runtime: 108 Minutes

Main Cast: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Taika Waititi, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Alfie Allen, Stephen Merchant,

Plot: Jojo is a 10-year-old boy who dreams of becoming a Nazi, aided by his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler. When he discovers his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their house, his world is turned upside down.

My Thoughts: What are you watching at the cinema tonight Allie? A movie I’ve been waiting months for about a little Nazi boy and his imaginary friend, Hitler! Yeah, there’s no way to explain the plot of Jojo Rabbit without it sounding batshit crazy, but then again, it IS batshit crazy in all the best ways! Only Taika Waititi can pull off a movie like this and make it so darn good. The absurd plot has definitely drawn in a wide crowd, I only wish Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) did the same.

I came for laughs and I was not disappointed. We only got brief glimpses of imaginary Hitler which works perfectly because too much would have been obnoxious. It’s one of those movies that needs to be seen at least twice because I’m sure there are some cracking jokes I missed the first time around. Scarlet Johansson was surprisingly not annoying and the bit where she calls her own kid ‘Shitler’ made me laugh a lot. Not quite as much as a canine-related joke, though.

You know what I didn’t come to the cinema for? For my heart to be ripped out of my chest and stamped on. No spoilers but there’s a moment halfway through that the tone turns drastically, and I didn’t even notice it happen for too long. Sam Rockwell was an absolute gem too, his character arc was superb. Like Waititi’s other movies, this might be too wild for the casual movie fan but it’s without a doubt one of my favourites of the year.


Also – I really need to show some love for little Roman Griffin Davis. The kid is 11 years old, and this is his first-ever professional acting gig. Like, that’s mental, is it not?! He was SO GOOD.

Best Bit: How could I actually pick one moment? Sam Rockwell’s incredible costume? Jojo accidentally blowing himself up? The book Jojo makes, an expose about Jews? How about Stephen Merchant somehow being creepier than his character in Good Boys (2019) in front of a child? I could pick 10 at least!

Worst Bit: I love Rebel Wilson, don’t get me wrong. But she felt ever so slightly out of place here and her accent was terribly bad. I did love her gang of clones, though!

Fun Trivia: Taika Waititi said that in the scene when the Gestapo come to Jojo’s house “Heil Hitler” is said 31 times in one minute. He wanted a funny moment and also wanted to illustrate how ridiculous and unnecessary Nazi protocols were.

My Rating: 4 and a half German Shepherds…not German Shepherds…!


18 thoughts on “Jojo Rabbit (2019)

  1. I’m so glad you liked this! THAT moment really socked me in the gut too. In hindsight I should’ve seen it coming but it still surprised me.

    I agree about Rebel’s accent, but I did lol at “I birthed 18 babies for Germany!”


  2. I loved this film as Taika is in my list of filmmakers whose films I’ll always watch whenever they come out with something new. I know what he’s going to do next as it’s about a Samoan futbol team being coached by an outsider after a humiliating loss at a World Cup qualifier. It’s based on a true story.


      1. After The Next Goal Wins, there’s Thor: Love & Thunder as I’m already excited at the idea of Natalie Portman going ape-shit with a hammer and maybe with some Zeppelin in the background. I really think Marvel should work with Led Zeppelin in making a compilation of music with involvement from the members of the band, Taika, and cast members of what songs they should choose as an intro to young music fans. That way, Marvel and Zeppelin can make money.


  3. SAM ROCKWELL! My boo was the best, I knew he would be. I was so sad about his storyline and frankly… I think that contributed to the overall feelings about this movie…. I didn’t love it. I almost didn’t like it too but Sam sort of saved it and the kid’s performance was great too.

    Something about the movie tho… I’m not sure what it was. The theme, the topic, imaginary Hitler, I was fine with all of this but I think maybe I wanted.. more out of the box? Like it stepped on the edge and never really stepped off.

    Also they killed Sam – HOW DARE THEY!


    1. I thought of you and Margaret when they killed Sam! Like, I was upset enough so I hope you had tissues at the ready!
      I get what you mean though, there was something not quite….I don’t know. There was something about the tone shifts that stopped me giving this a full 5/5.


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