Since it’s been nearly a while since I watched most of the Oscar Best Picture Nominated movies, I decided to rewatch all 9 of them and reevaluate my thoughts on these films. I am rewatching them in no particular order. Here are my Optimized thoughts on Jojo Rabbit (2019) :
“Yeah, I know, definitely not a good time to be a Nazi.” – Yorki
Number of Times Seen – 2 (23 Dec 2019 and 3 Feb 2020)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A young German boy enamored with being a Nazi has his world turned upside down when he discovers that his mother is secretly hiding a young Jewish girl in their house.
My Take on it – This is a film that I had mixed feelings about when I originally heard about it back in the fall.
This probably has much to do with the fact that I’m Jewish and wasn’t sure if they would be able to create a satire about Nazis that would be able to work.
After having now watched it twice I can honestly say that Director/Writer Taika Watiti is able to take such a brilliant idea and exquisitely execute it.
The story actually begins in a way that makes it seem like a normal film about Nazis, but it quickly establishes the fact that its purpose is to show the silliness and absurdity of their whole way of thinking.
I can easily understand the backlash against this film from those from within my community and without, but when one looks even deeper into the story and everything that happens, its clear to see that it doesn’t at all glorify what the Nazis did and instead actually is able to show a very unique and innovative spin on the issues presented and it comes across quite powerfully.
The story is told in a great way and we get to understand the main character’s viewpoints really easily and then see as things slowly begin to change as he himself get a better understanding of the lies and propaganda around his.
The choice to show the story from the viewpoint of a child also helps soften the blow of what they try to achieve here and allows us to accept the truth of things much easier.
The supporting cast of Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and especially Waititi himself as a fantasy Hitler are all great and help make this story even more memorable and all enhance the powerful message of this film.
Bottom Line – Brilliant idea that is executed so well by Waititi. The story starts off seeming like a normal film about Nazis, but quickly makes the turn to show us the absurdity and silliness of it all. I can understand the backlash that this film has gotten, especially from the Jewish community (my own), but when one looks deeper into this film, they see that it doesn’t glorify at all what the Nazis did and gives things a very unique spin which is actually a very powerful one. The story unfolds in a great way and allows us to see how the main character’s viewpoints are slowly changed as he begins to see the truth that goes on around him. The film wisely gives us everything from a child’s perspective because that helps make it much easier to accept the truth of it all. Johansson, Rockwell and especially Waititi help enhance the message of this film. Highly Recommended!
Oscar Best Picture Worthy? – Of course. The story and theme is dealt with so delicately yet they are able to find satire and humor in things to show how silly and absurd things were.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Taika Waititi discovered in his research that WWII Germany was very vibrant and fashionable, and was interested in shying away from traditional war films showing it as dreary and dark, instead presenting the town as a seemingly celebratory place and dressing characters as stylishly as possible. He liked the idea that everything seems happy, but just underneath the surface “the third Reich is crumbling, and, you know, the dream is over.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)
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