The makers should prepare themselves with another film like this in the future because the fans want it so.
A clever piece of brave and satirical comedy, the Jojo Rabbit is 2019’s most critically acclaimed film set against the backdrop of World War II. The movie is nominated in six categories in the freshly announced 92nd Academy Awards.
- What makes Jojo Rabbit a brilliant period-based film
- The story of Jojo Rabbit
- Why the director must consider another one like this
It is not a matter of scepticism when you hear that a movie’s subject is based on the persecution of the Jews during the Nazi era under Adolf Hitler. Picking a subject as intense and sensitive as this, and to convey it in an even humourous manner seems like an impractical task.
But well, not for Taika Waititi, the director and the writer of Jojo Rabbit. The way he has been able to project that portion of the human history that many even today dread to talk about. He has set a gold standard for period films with satirical comedy.
About the film
The American comedy-drama movie Jojo Rabbit is a film based on Christine Leunens’s novel Caging Skies. Roman Griffin Davis plays the role of Johannes Jojo Betzler. The movie also features Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, Sam Rockwell, and Rebel Wilson.
Jojo is a lonely German boy and a member of the Hitler Youth group who discovers that his single mother (played by Scarlett Johansson) is giving shelter to a Jewish girl. The Jewish girl (played by Thomasin McKenzie) is hiding in their attic.
Assisted by the intervention of his only imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo must confront his blind faith in nationalism as World War II continues to go from bad to worse.
Johannes Jojo Betzler is a 10 -year-old boy living during the later stages of World War II in Nazi influenced Germany. His father who is absent from the scene is apparently serving on the Italian Front. His older sister named Inge has died due to the spread of influenza.
The super-patriotic Jojo often talks with his imaginary friend a sympathetic but silly version of Adolf Hitler. The director of the film Taika Waititi made a call that not only would he direct the movie but also co-star as Jojo’s imaginary friend Adolf Hitler.
Viewers await a sequel
Fans await more such films from the makers of Jojo Rabbit. The film won the top prize at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). It has also won the highly acclaimed Grolsch People’s Choice Award. The movie since its release has mostly drawn praises, especially for the performances.
But it has also drawn criticism for its funny portrayal of Nazis. The film has been chosen by the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute as one of the ten best films of the year. The film was also in the running for the Best Motion Picture at the 77th Golden Globe Awards.
Call it fans’ desire or lack of such, it would be pure joy for the audiences to watch how director Taika Waititi brings out his creative and directorial instincts with another such film. Until then, we keep our fingers crossed.