A World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy named Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.
Fox Searchlight Pictures
User Reviews: "What did they do?" Jojo asks his mother, inquiring about the townspeople he sees hanging in the village square.
"Plenty of good," Jojo’s mother responds, reinforcing the noblest of convictions to both herself and her impressionable young son.
The above interaction is just one of many poignant scenes found throughout Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ about a young boy in Germany’s army who discovers that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.
Beyond the many instances of poignancy and incisiveness, ‘Jojo Rabbit’ is equally packed with witty dialogue and humorous interludes, making it among the finest examples of satire to emerge from Hollywood in recent memory.
So color us mystified as to why critics have given this gem such a paltry 78% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 58% on Metacritic. Those who panned the movie are either unable to laugh at absurdity, or they themselves are so absurd that it’s not worth anyone’s time to read their brainsick thoughts.