Jojo Rabbit (2019) - Comedy, Drama, War

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Breathtaking

A young boy in Hitler's army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

IMDB: 8
Director: Taika Waititi
Stars: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie
Length: 108 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 44 out of 597 found boring (7.37%)

One-line Reviews (203)

The cinematography was stunning and the acting was superb and on point, and a big shoutout to Scarlett Johansson for her amazing work in it!

The musical score was spot on, the humour witty and unpredictable, lead characters believable, and my feel after watching - well written beyond belief!

Enjoyable and amazing .

And there are sections of the film that are so intense I was literally holding my breath, my heart racing.

Jojo is given small tasks such as spreading propaganda leaflets throughout town and collecting scrap metal for the war effort.

But overall, it's a entertaining comedy.

The attempt to do so in this movie is strained from the start, moves quickly to confusing, then embarrassing, then simply offensive.

That being said this film was brilliantly executed from the gorgeously detailed cinematography and a stunning performance by all actors.

I highly recommend it in spite of the German accents.

An overall exciting movie-going experience.

However having watched it and in the main enjoyed it, its simply an updated Anne Frank style story with some humour thrown in.

Jojo Rabbit is another great film from the New Zealand filmmaker and is absolutely worth watching; it's quirky, sincere and at times, strikingly real.

From a child's perspective, we can see the effects of propaganda and brainwashing by the state, and the power of personal relationships in changing that narrative.

It was wildly entertaining, and hilarious, and made light of how stupid and absurd racism is.

After all, writer-director Waititi is coming off a couple of brilliant indies (2014's WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, and 2016's HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE) and a major score with Marvel money on THOR: RAGNAROK (2017), arguably the most entertaining superhero movie of the past few years.

With this film, Taika Waititi shows well how something like propaganda can make someone change his mind and then completely of young children.

Literally worst movie ever.

Apart from that it was amazing, highly recommend it, cant wait to see it again!!

It might not be as good as his other works, yet it it is still a strong and engaging film that is more than worthy of its six Oscar nominations and places its director right at the top of the league of film makers currently working now !

A fascinating, moving, funny, multi-layered movie experience.

Jojo Rabbit is another great film from the New Zealand filmmaker and is absolutely worth watching; it's quirky, sincere and at times, strikingly real.

It had great pacing and was thoroughly entertaining.

The relationship between jojo and his best friend is incredibly sweet and touching, but it's jojos relationship with his imaginary friend hitler that is hilarious and at times difficult to watch, but provides some simple but compelling messages.

Because of his loneliness and his head filled with propaganda, Jojo sees an imaginary version of Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi) as his imaginary friend who advises him how to live his life.

After 45 minutes, my wife asked me if I wanted to leave.

The first minutes with the children's camp, the friendly instructor and the symmetry of the frame reminded me a lot of Moonrise Kingdom, obviously Waititi owes Wes Anderson a lot when making this movie, JoJo Rabbit makes a sudden change after the first Act of the film, when an intense drama is introduced that makes the film more and more entertaining, knows how to lighten things with a touch of black comedy, and make them intense at the same time.

Scarlett Johansson also performs well when Jojo shows his mother how her son changes her lifestyle through Nazi propaganda.

We had two fine performances from Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell and the rest was uninspiring.

Enjoyable and Amazing .

No plot, no point.

So many questions just came up, but it felt like the viewer was just supposed to take everything at face value, so any turns in character just felt contrived and hollow.

This works really well, seeing the war from the point-of-view of a child who is unaware of the full magnitude of it, obviously there is serious material, including anti-Semitism and the Nazi dictatorship, but it is funny and pokes fun where it can, not for everyone, but for me an enjoyable satirical wartime comedy-drama.

Forget about the insensitivity regarding the subject matter - this movie is BORING.

This narrative arc is grounded in a predictable coming of age tale.

Meanwhile, Finkel's character development can be observed in the periphery of many scenes, providing viewers with an enjoyable easter-egg type experience and lending a re-watchable quality to the film.

Despite being a comedy-drama, there were intense scenes that gave the movie more reasons to understand in depth.

But I still enjoyed it overall.

Taika Waititi some how managed to make a comedy/drama movie about such sensitive subject, in 2019, midst all the cancel/woke culture pitchforks, yet somehow delivers a brilliant heart-felt movie, that is quite entertaining at the some time, it is just that good.

A vibrant coming of age story?

Helping to lighten things is hipster anachronistic dialogue like "intense" and "correctamundo" and slapstick set pieces that ease the inevitable tension from hinting at Holocaust.

Enjoyable, Funny and incredibly touching .

Her combination of humor and pathos was riveting.

The film shows so well how propaganda blinded Hitler's followers.

Also the film has about 10 minutes in the beginning of the 2nd act that I thought had some very slow scenes.

It's acting is on point, the emotional levels packed within are touching and entertaining, and the comedy had me laughing extremely hard at the mocking this story told.

So many films get overly ambitious with their outlandish stories that they end up crumbling down in their own goals and come off as pretentious rather than creative.

I found Sam Rockwell, as a Hitler Youth commander, to be particularly compelling.

Without spoiling this coming to age journey based on author Christine Leunens's book 'Caging Skies' too much, Waititi indeed put a rabbit out of his hat and delivered an unexpected magic trip through World War 2 in a boyhood whimsy child's perspective.

Funny, engaging, tear-jerking, sweet and silly.

Whether it be in creating the fantastic Hunt for the Wilderpeople or the highly entertaining Thor: Ragnarok, his style is very unique.

Not only does this film have compelling characters, but it also has a large amount of comedy which is all very enjoyable and not lame.

I was so bored I was texting people about how bored I was.

And for a coming of age film, I didn't really get that sense with Jojo.

Afterall, it is enjoyable and I do recommend you guys to watch it once.

Ultimately, Jojo pays the price for buying into party-line propaganda about Germans being human civilization's master race.

Stunning .

Writer/director Taika Waititi tells the coming of age story of 10-year-old German boy, Johannes (Jojo), who is being brought up in the Hitler Youth during the final months of the second world war.

When ScarJo came on the screen, it got a bit boring.

I think the younger generations will find this funny as they have had less experience of learning about WW2 at school etc. so will not be so aware of the atrocities that took place, that they are now finding so entertaining in the film.

While the characters are engaging enough, they are never developed enough to truly care about their motivations or what happens to them.

If they kept it that way, I might have actually enjoyed it.

Nothing happens except that two kids fall in love under the auspices of personal tragedy.

Painfully precious, contrived, unconvincing .

The film is over the top and enjoyable.

I didn't mind the tone in the beginning, but towards the end when things are getting very serious and intense, I thought the jokiness of certain scenes could have been left out to make the goings on more impactful.

Really Quite Uninspiring.

Ingenious slapstick, emotionally gripping .

A demoted Klenzendorf is asked by Jojo's mother to include her son, so he is given the job of spreading propaganda and collecting scrap metal.

I sure hope his next movie is more enjoyable!

Like I already stated the humor is really good dose a good job lightening up the mood especially towards the end of the movie when it gets really intense.

A stunning moral tale?

I fell asleep after 30 minutes of watching this movie in the cinema, ive never fallen asleep in the cinema before, yay.

A Charming Coming of Age Story .

Enjoyable and unique .

No, it has no message worth looking for.

Especially, the first 30 minutes or so of "Jojo Rabbit" is chock full of children hurting themselves, engaging in hilarious ignorance driven misspeak, and a healthy dose of sardonic wit in which the young troop of pseudo cub scouts seem more like children being thrown into basic training and brainwashing.

Then there was the intense suspenseful sequence involving the Gestapo led by a sinister agent Deertz played by Stephen Merchant coming to the titular character's home for a visit.

Very well done and enjoyable.

Controversial crowd pleaser on a child's perspective of propaganda .

These are all fine, but it's Taika Waititi's Hitler who stands out as an annoying and redundant pest: he steals the scenes he's in by being boring and juvenile, slowing the pace down so he can gurn his way through whatever attention he can grab.

Now Jo Jo's mother is played by the stunning and talented Scarlett Johannsen, and the problem is that she's too good to be true.

Boring .

At a mere 100 minutes, this movie flies by, delivering a really enjoyable viewing experience.

Very intense, funny and absolutely on the note.

Perhaps that's just a sign of these dreary repressive age we are living in, where jokes are considered so potentially offensive, that writers fear to employ them.

But for the funny parts to the film they are in pockets throughout the film, Adolf (Played by Taika Waititi him self) as JoJo's imaginary friend is a great addition to the film as he pops up & does really funny things & says some funny things as well, but if it was nor for Adolf there would be far less funny parts which gets me onto my next point, apart from the Adolf parts there was not that much overall in the film, the beginning of the films starts off on a role with the comedy but then seems to fall flat through the mid section of the film which we (4 of us that watched it) ll said it felt flat & just talking & was a bit boring tbh, that's why i think without the funny parts the film would no where be as good hence why i didn't rate it that high.

Sam Rockwell is pretty great, Scarlett Johansson is good as the closest thing to an anchor and voice of reason against nazi propaganda, Rebel Wilson though is a bit annoying.

I was hoping that this film could be profound and entertaining since I love satire, and it has a strong cast.

I had previously reviewed Jojo Rabbit and rated it a "1" because of the disgusting neck-wringing bunny scene and I walked out.....

Really enjoyable.

If you can plow through the first very silly and disjointed 20 minutes, you will be rewarded with a real heartfelt story.

Another involves an unexpected visit by the Gestapo to inspect Jojo's home.

Despite being a comedy-drama, there were intense scenes that gave the movie more reasons to understand in depth.

I enjoyed it a lot.

It's very smart about what it achieves, but I would have liked to see more humour and outlandishness as it is a bit slow in parts.

Jojo Rabbit was a very enjoyable and funny satire.

The tone of the movie is uneven: The first act is a satire; the second act is more of a coming of age comedy; and the third act is a straight-up war drama.

It may be heavy-handed to crowbar them into the story at the end, but a lack of representation made their inclusion confusing.

It was indeed a really wonderful and enjoyable experience to watch the whole way.

One of the most well-liked and instantly recognizable filmmakers working today, New Zealand director Taika Waititi continues to work off the foundation of coming of age stories his been working from since his under-seen Boyand his breakout success The Hunt for the Wilderpeople with one of this award's seasons most original offerings, Jojo Rabbit.

What a waste of time .

Good comedy very well written screenplay but does slow down I bit

The dullest movie I've ever seen.

Important, as all Nazi stories are, but quirky, refreshing and very enjoyable.

That thrilling moment.

A fictional historic look at the Hitler Youth Camps and how one boy was indoctrinated by Nazi propaganda, Rabbit shows how the mightiest of anti-semitism can be overcome by common sense and love.

Several love stories, a riveting suspense story, an observation on the vulnerability and flexibility of young minds, a coming of age story, a tragedy and a hilarious and biting satire on hatred, in which love prevails, and more...

The thrill of team activity and camaraderie is writ large across all of their faces even as their confusion about things 'too-grow-up' for them begin to encroach on their happy go lucky fun in the woods lifestyle.

VERY ENTERTAINING would watch again and again

As a screenwriter, his coming-of-age tale about a young impressionistic Hitler youth living with his widowed mother and dealing with an imaginary friend named Adolf has an intriguing premise.

Bored with nothing much else to do I went to see this movie with hopes of sitting through a mediocre comedy at best just to pass the time.

The soundtrack n unexpected choice.

I wanted to leave the theatre for about half a dozen times.

But so too is it about rising above such ideology, no matter how ingrained it might be, finding the individualistic humanity in the Other, behind the political cliché.

Jojo's mother Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) appears to be a model Nazi but she is hiding a Jewish teenager, Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie), and engaging in resistance activities.

Unique and really enjoyable .

We meet a 10 year old boy caught up in a nationalistic frenzy whose bedroom walls are covered with pro-Nazi propaganda rather than sport figures or movie idols, a telling sign.

The scenes between the two young leads are intriguing and offer the most depth as the nazi gets an education he doesn't realise he needs.

Worst movie ever .

Of all the things that I had watched the previous year, Jojo Rabbit overwhelmed most of them with an utterly unexpected surprise.

He's exactly the right age and temperament to buy completely into the propaganda that Nazism was putting out at this point in the war.

The good: nice camerawork, pretty costume design, overall nice cinematography and lighthearted comedic momentsThe bad: extremely naive take on the atrocities of war, boring and predictable plot and overall the execution is very "safe" while masquerading as something daring and original.

Also her character was kind of crazy, in a good way, which made for such an entertaining watch.

The Stream: The whipsaw changes in tone can be disorienting and highlight lulls in the forward momentum of the story.

Yawn ...

this is unacceptable ,worst movie seen in decades

The Big Screen: Compelling performances from a good cast bring offbeat humor and depth of emotion.

Of all the things that I had watched the previous year, Jojo Rabbit overwhelmed most of them with an utterly unexpected surprise.

Its got everything, really enjoyed it.

An imperfect yet oddly compelling and very memorable movie .

A unique film that is funny, sad, unexpected and thought provoking.

The film maintained the perfect balance and never went too far with it's humor, and never spoon-fed the audience with the obvious message of Nazis, propaganda, oppression, and war are bad.

But Mr. Waititi's dialog lacks substantial power, some of the comedy elements are broad slapstick and don't work, and most of his supporting characters are cliche-ridden stock types.

Don't waste your money!

The characters were engaging, and wonderfully over the top.

Engaging.

Enjoyable .

Hitler is arguably the best device of the film - by being so friendly and funny, he lulls the viewer into a false sense of security, which by the end makes the audience question why they trusted this person to begin with.

It is very enjoyable film that I enjoyed with a decent crowd.

And he's also been behind some intriguing fare like Eagle vs.

Stunning performances from all actors involved.

Entertaining, stimulating, evocative, anti-war this unusual film engages from the start and never flags all the way.

A film that explores the troubles and issues of WWII through the, often humorous and entertaining, eyes of a ten year old member of the Hitler Youth movement.

Jojo Rabbit is a great example of comedy, satire and drama all together, very exciting and visually stunning.

It's enjoyable fun flick focusing with hard drama topics.

It was really able to show how stupid and ridiculous racism is, and did it in such an entertaining way.

Other scenes will have my awake at night because of how suspenseful and scary they were to watch unfold.

The film also has an appropriate film set that comes across as Germany during the Nazi regime where the walls were hung and people were walking around with propaganda to portray their leader in a positive way.

It masterfully walks a tightrope between the horrors of war/Nazi-ism on one side, and a child coming of age on the other, with Taika Watiti's signature brand of weird comedy weaved throughout.

Very entertaining.

And the 10-year-old boy, first timer, Roman Griffin Davis, displays one of the most engaging youth acting I've seen in a long time.

A simple satire, the feelings are engaging.

Worth watching.

But it's OK to laugh at an insanely boring and unfunny film about antisemitism during the Holocaust in Nazi Germany?

Enjoyable ending could have been longer .

Bit different to the way it is portrayed in the ads, and after a shift in tone about 10 minutes in I found it predictable.

I will always look forward to his upcoming projects because, at the very least, they will have some kind of entertaining aspect.

Stunning and instructive war satire .

If the film was an ode to single parents like Waititi says it is, that wasn't communicated that well, unfortunately But it worked very well as both a coming of age story and a war drama, and the balance between humor and humanity was somehow perfect.

To say that all Germans by default were Nazis is an unfair assessment especially when living under a political terror where the mind is predisposed to the propaganda machine.

Adapted and changed quite substantially from Christine Leunens novel, Rabbit is one of the darkest coming of age comedies to come our way in some time as Waititi tells the story of Roman Griffin Davis young German boy nicknamed Jojo who is in deep with the Nazi machine and even more so with his imaginary best friend that just so happens to be Adolf Hitler.

Part coming of age and loss of innocence, part fantasy, and part romance, "Jojo Rabbit" is an absolutely beautiful film, and one I'm so happy I went to see.

Absolutely worth watching .

As another reviewer said; "Jojo Rabbit was wierd, funny, heartwarming and heartbreaking and I think its definitely worth the watch.

It had me laughing out loud various times, is extremely entertaining to watch all the way through and left me with an all around great, optimistic feeling.

And with the subtext of taking away power from Nazi propaganda and ideals, reducing them to cartoonish manifestations of a boys imagination, this film succeeds to an even greater degree.

With dark comedy, Taika Waititi shows how propaganda can affect a person.

Must admit I got so bored the first 20 minutes, i stopped watching.

absolutely stunning.

I see this as a warning to Americans about blindly following a "leader" and lapping up propaganda like they are facts.

Rather it's partly about the role adults play in inculcating children into hate and partly about exposing the power of propaganda to subvert truth.

As he recovers, Rosie persuades Klenzendorf, who was demoted after the incident, to give him some work, and so he's employed to distribute propaganda around town.

Some good performances and nice aesthetics throughout make the movie and very enjoyable watch

Jojo Rabbit is a really good film even if it did feel pretty cliche at times.

You kinda see where most of the story will go & all the inevitabilities, but it's well tailored, dynamic and very enjoyable.

It's entertaining, affecting, funny, heartbreaking and, generally, very well-made.

" It looks interesting aesthetically, with engaging cinematography and unique production design reminiscent of Wes Anderson, and it has some clever moments in its first act.

Engaging character dynamics carry this funny and poignant film .

It's a great coming of age story that successful captures the innocence of childhood, while juxtaposing the harsh realities of adulthood.

Everything revolves around giddy Hitler Youth Jojo (fabulously sincere and boyishly feverish Roman Griffin Davis), as he grows into his new double digit age, lapping up the local propaganda, eagerly striving to belong, and chumming about with his invisible chancellor pal.

Also glad that the filmmaker didn't make them hate each other in the end like the book due to the confusion of possession for love.

It is hilarious and warm, and I will always hold a special place in my heart for a film that ends with children dancing awkwardly to Heroes, followed by an intriguing quote:Let everything happen to you Beauty and terror Just keep going No feeling is finalRainer Maria Rilke

Although the subject matter won't be to everyone's taste, this coming of age drama with humourous moments gives a realistic and bleak depiction of both the fanaticism and anti-hate ideas in Germany during the end of World War II.

A lovingly crafted and enjoyable feature.

I quite enjoyed this odd movie and highly recommend it.

Jojo soon returns, taking a hand grenade, throwing it and accidentally blowing himself up which makes him unfit for the German army so he is restored to staying home and getting a job delivering conscription papers and putting up propaganda flyers.

It was indeed a really wonderful and enjoyable experience to watch the whole way.

This is cinema at its purest and most enjoyable form, executed perfectly from everyone working on the project.

It's definitely worth watching.

This was a really enjoyable film and felt fresh and new.

Maybe for films like this, that are particularly tonally ambitious and out there in terms of some of their creative decisions, are simply worth watching and forming your own opinion on.

Thor: Ragnarok was definitely the best Thor film and is one of the more entertaining additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The young Yo-yo (Roman Griffin Davis) is raised under Nazi policies with the propaganda that Hitler and his Third Reich are the saviors of the world and that the Jewish people are responsible for the world's problems.

Her strength and compassion while attempting to stay alive in a country that reviled her kind was, at times, riveting.

Overall, this was an enjoyable film, even though it wasn't perfect.

If you like your comedies on the edge and bit whacky - like "Death of Stalin" - then you will probably enjoy this.

They have arcs which are predictable yet satisfying, which are evocative of the entire affair.

Jojo Rabbit (2019) - 7.8Act 1 - 7.5Act 2 - 7.4Act 3 - 8.5 Ridiculous tone is set right from the opening scenesBeatles song playing with cheering people but it is edited to look like it's for HitlerHitler youth camp is greatUses absurdity to make fun of the Nazis and their idealsJojo has an imaginary friend who just so happens to be HitlerJoJo gets his nickname when the older Nazis make fun of him for not killing a rabbit and call him scared and call is father a coward tooJojo has to leave camp when he blows himself up with a grenade and we meet his mother, he has scars but is recovering from his wounds in his homeThe superiors overlooking the camp got demoted and are now in an office where Jojo is now working putting up propagandaJojo finds that his mother is keeping a Jewish child safe hidden in their homeParody of Hitler is hilarious and childlikeScarlett is great as JoJo's mother, very charmingJojo is a kid who has been brainwashed by propaganda and blindly follows it and must overcome this by getting to know the Jewish girlMom is trying her best to make good of an awful situation and a confused kidStealing the ends of penises joke is greatJojo just wants to be apart of something and isn't really a naziGestapo is searching the houseTense moment when the girl acts as Jojos dead sister so she isn't found in the crawl spaceShe gets the info wrong in her papers and Jojo's camp leader protects her and doesn't turn her in for getting the info wrongThere are good people even in the Nazi ranks which is important to remember as many were just following orders and trying to do good when they couldIn the market and sees his mothers shoes as she is hanged for dealing out those papers, shoe scenes payoff very well in this heartbreaking momentApparently Jojos dad was working with his mom from afar and will be back home after the warThe girls parents were sent to some of the camps and they watch the invasion of Germany from their bedroom windowMix of comedy and sadness in the invasion scenes, remember he is just a scared boy who's aloneHis captain saves and protects the boy in a sweet momentJojo doesn't want to let the girl go as she is all he hasJojo sheds is imaginary friend and kicks him out a window and out of his lifeJojo and Elsa walk outside and see American striving through the streetsElsa now knows she is free and slaps Jojo for lyingThey then dance as a call back to Jojo's mom, very sweet endingGreat performances all aroundGreat balance between comedy and dramaUnderstand everything that the characters are going through and have to overcomeSide characters are all great and add plenty of value to the filmFilm keeps the Nazi elements light for most of the film but knows when to make them serious to have a dramatic impactGreat style to the film and is very uniqueVery good film which is worth seeing

This section is so enjoyable, partially because of the child actors who are simply stellar throughout.

There are no scary scenes, but there are a few intense scenes.

I particular found Scarlet Johansson' s performance stunning as a mother who's ideologies conflict with that of the Third Reich.

It's a coming of age story with many of the tropes that a coming of age story has.

Jojo Rabbit was wierd , funny , heartwarming and heartbreaking and I think its definitely worth the watch.