Jojo Rabbit is based on the novel "Changing Skies" and follows a young boy who has been brainwashed by the infamous Adolf Hitler. Jojo, played by Roman Griffin Davis, confides in his imaginary friend Adolf throughout the movie. It starts off with him being so excited to attend the camp where they train child soldiers. In this camp, Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson play the two main adults spearheading the violence and lies in these young persons heads. Long story short, Jojo gets hurt and ends up staying home more than originally planned. During this time, he discovers a young, Jewish girl hiding in their walls.
The story progresses on that - changing the evil thoughts that Adolf and the other Germans have been brainwashed into ones that are more accepting of the Jewish people - ya know since they are people and not scary monsters. The film is about finding the good in people and knowing what's right and wrong. It's refreshing watching a film that's based in the time of world war II that's actually taking place in Germany. So many films and books these days (at least the best selling ones) are happening in Nazi occupied France or Nazi occupied Italy. Seeing a story that's stemmed from the thoughts of a child living in Germany is wonderful.
I really enjoyed the comedy in this film. It was just enough making fun of the how the Nazis were, but not too much to be overwhelming. I loved Scarlett Johnasson in this film as Jojo's mother, Sam Rockwell as the group Captain, and Rebel Wilson as the his right hand woman. Each played their roles perfectly for such a comedic yet sad film. Thumbs up for sure.
Jojo Rabbit has the following Academy Award Nominations:
1. Best Picture
2. Best Support Actress (Scarlett Johansson)
3. Best Adapted Screenplay
4. Best Costume Design
5. Best Production Design
6. Best Film Editing
I'd be willing tobet that Jojo Rabbit takes home a couple of these awards. You can see my predictions for the entire program coming up later today! I'm giving this film a 5/5. I thought it was an overall fun movie to watch, regardless of the sad aspects that were happening during those bad times. ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩
"If that boy were an apple, he'd be a delicious"
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