The first thing that everyone asks before going to see a movie is, of course, what it’s about. To read the description of Jojo Rabbit, it’s not the typical movie you would want to grab popcorn to go see on a Friday night. However it is one that cannot be missed. The story is about a young boy growing up in Germany during the Holocaust who strongly believes in the Nazis simply because that is all he has known. In fact, his imaginary friend is even Hitler, played by Taikia Waiti while he is being trained as a young Nazi. But his whole family is not like this – his father is fighting elsewhere in the war and his mother believes in peace instead of fighting. To add on to this already complex, compelling, and eccentric story line, the young boy Jojo finds his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in his house and has to keep the secret to himself.
What genre is this film? Well, it’s a comedy. Yes, you heard that right. A movie that deals with such hard topics and reflects on a World War is a comedy. All movies have to be given one genre or section to fall into and calling Jojo Rabbit a comedy doesn’t mean that it’s all fun in games. Like all great movies, Jojo Rabbit fits into all genres. It’s a comedy, drama, action and adventure, and romance that is amazing audiences around the world. In September at the Toronto International Film Festival, Jojo Rabbit won the people’s choice award after its international premiere. If you look at this from a statistic side, many movies that have won this coveted award went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars. If this is any indication, then Jojo Rabbit is for sure to get a nomination, and it deserves it.
If you’re on the fence about seeing this movie and the subject matter it talks about, trust me and get off the fence. Go to the cinema and watch this film. Although some may say that showing World War II and Hitler in a “funny” way is disrespectful, but using comedy shows how blind the Nazis and Hitler supporters really were. Like the director says, it’s an anti-hate satire!