JoJo Rabbit Review

Joe Burton, Arts and Entertainment Writer

JoJo Rabbit is a hilarious and heart-felt movie that takes the dark tones of World War II and fits it into a comedy with a strong message about anti-hate and family.

The movie follows a young German boy, JoJo Betzler (Roman Davis) and how he changes from a young ten year old boy whose imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), to face the harsh truth about the war closing in on his town and the wrongs his people have committed. 

To help him along his way on this journey, his mother Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) and the Jewish girl she has decided to hide, Elsa Korr (Thomasin McKenzie), teache JoJo how to love, not take everything so seriously and to be able to be himself instead of blending into a group.

Despite the serious tones of the movie, JoJo Rabbit is filled with satire towards the Nazis, pointing out how absurd their ideas are, filling the movie with goofy and silly moments. While ideas like saluting Hitler and German clones are made fun of, the serious issues like war and death are still present in the movie. 

By combining absurd humor with the depressing historical context of the Holocaust, the perfect movie arises. In tense scenes including war and house searches, there is still a comedy that makes you more comfortable with these ideas.

The humor is also used to make fun of the Nazis, by slamming 31 “Heil Hitlers” into a scene, the idea of doing such a thing is seen as absurd and worthless. By showing the Nazi’s ridiculous pride of stepping into a losing war, they are presented as fools throughout the entire movie. 

Overall, JoJo Rabbit uses a mix of dark tones and random humor to create a film that points out the absurdity of the Nazis, as well as humor to highlight the importance of family and unity.