The director of Thor: Ragnarok helms a WWII-set satirical comedy you did Nazi coming! Jojo Rabbit tells the tale of a young German boy and his imaginary friend, Hitler.
Words Aaron Potter
Taika Waititi could have directed anything he wanted after his success with the third Thor movie. As far as speculation goes, however, it’s unlikely anyone would have guessed it’d be a low-budget black comedy that poked fun at the Third Reich. But that’s what Jojo Rabbit gives us. Young actor Roman Griffin Davis portrays the eponymous youngster, who upon finding a Jew hiding out in his house turns to the only person he can for help: his imaginary best-friend, Hitler.
Jojo Rabbit shares more in common with Taika Waititi’s early efforts as opposed to his recent work, representing a heart-warming story set during one of the last time periods or circumstances you’d ever expect. Joining him in this venture are the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Stephen Merchant, who each help bring a satirical slice of the Second World War to life.
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