Sunday recommendation: Jojo Rabbit

If anyone asks me what films i like, i always answer, anything but a film about war. I just find them boring. But as a huge Taika Waititi fan, I was really looking forward to seeing Jojo Rabbit the minute i heard about it, it’s strange concept had me intrigued from the beginning, and I already knew that if anyone was going to do this right, it was Mr Waititi.

Jojo Rabbit is about a young German boy that finds his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. Set during World War II, things are further complicated by the fact that Jojos hero and imaginary friend is none other than Hitler.

I know, i know, it sounds strange, but this film is truly remarkable.

We are put in quite a unique position throughout this film. All we know of Hitler and his followers is that they are the bad guys, and rightly so, but when you then see his followers in the form of a child, it’s hard to have as much hatred.

It’s this that gives the film a kind of softness, and lets you give it a chance as we slowly see Jojo go through the process of going from believing in all the things you are told, to doing what you believe is right.

Although this film is very much a film about the time it’s set, there are lessons here to still be learnt, and as we travel through all it’s different layers, we find new things that can be taken from it.

A rollercoaster of thoughts and emotions, this film will challenge you, make you laugh, and, break your heart.

Brilliant to the very end, this is definitely my favourite film of the year so far.

Taking a different angle on how we usually see not only war

It so carefully handles the subject matter, blending comedy with harsh realities.

It slowly unwraps the process of going from believing in all the things you are told, to doing what you believe is right. And although this film is very much a film about the time it’s set, there are lessons here to still be learnt.

This film will have you laughing out loud, but at times, it’s truly heart breaking.

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