Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit

DVD - 2020
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A World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy named Jojo whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.
Publisher: [Beverly Hills, CA] : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2020]
Edition: Widescreen ed
Call Number: DVD F JOJO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Nominated Best Picture; Supporting Actress, Scarlett Johansson; Adapted Screenplay, Taika Waititi (winner); Editing; Production Design; Original Score

Nominated Best Motion Picture; Actor, Roman Griffin Davis

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Feb 22, 2021

One of the most entertaining movies to come out in recent years. You need to have a sense of humor to appreciate it, which many of the reviewers here obviously don't. Too bad, their loss.

Feb 01, 2021

JoJo rabbit is a reference perspective on war from the comical view of a child in Nazi Germany, and even with these dark subject matters, Taika Waititi creates a well directed movie that is enjoyable, comedic, and still handles the tone well. JoJo Rabbit has a good progression with enjoyably lighthearted characters that are likeable from their first moments on scene, there are characters clearly designed to be disliked and even the highlight the absurd casualness of life in Nazi Germany and its ideals. The movie is brilliantly fun to watch as you root for JoJo through his time that’s shown and the direction from Waititi allows scenes to pop and stand out from others while still having no weak points, overall, 4/5
@Rook of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jan 26, 2021

For those who like their Nazis, you know, funny.

Jan 26, 2021

This movie is idiotic. I cannot believe a studio actually paid for this “film” to be made. Go watch a real movie instead. Good thing it was background to me doing something more productive. It sucks.
One of the worst films ever I hate it. acting is fine. Dumb a@)@&86 plot.

Jan 18, 2021

Very nice humor. Highlights what evil the Nazis are.

Jan 15, 2021

One of the engaging, hilarious, yet heart-wrenching Nazi dramas and an irresistible manga-like story.

Jan 11, 2021

Great movie that takes on Nazism in a humorous way.

Jan 03, 2021

Ostensibly, a comedic coming-of-age story staged during the downfall of WWII Nazi Germany, as experienced by a burgeoning fanatic Hitler Youth named Jojo. I ended my viewing overly emotional, which was difficult because I found it hard to understand why. I offer five stars on my presumption of understanding. A few well-suited pop songs always pull my strings, and I assume screenwriters thought the book was too dark to present an effective message.

Jojo’s evolution from impressionable imaginative child to aware adolescent is told through many storylines. While failing as a Nazi in practice, he acknowledges his attraction to girls, stands up to his father figure, experiences loss and grief, sees intellectually that all is not as it seems with his fellow Germans, and accepts his occasional childish regression in light of the inconceivable. The telling is not entirely through his eyes, though, so we face the differences between our adult perspectives and his in a variety of scenes. Jojo’s path eventually reaches a painfully obvious climax where he must abandon his old ways or die preserving them in the face of infinite opposing forces.

The advertised imaginary friend Hitler was only the embodiment of Nazism to grow out of, a spectre of childhood, and our protagonist’s best buddy was occasionally there to state the obvious, grounding our hero near moments of digesting his confusion. A notable role was Fräulein Rahm, who made only brief appearances for comedic relief when Nazi fanaticism reached untenable peaks. How better to highlight the surreal brainwashing of children, to send to war, if not by mocking it?

The movie ends with an on screen verse to explain it, and hopefully I got it, that we are stronger than we think and can survive emotional turmoil to carry on. I suppose Nazism needed a war to prove to all the world how wrong it was, and I’ve read that many Hitler Youth needed years to let go of their beliefs. The separation of Hitler Youth from their parents was a great enabler.

Absolutely serendipitous was my timing, watching Jojo on the cusp of Biden’s inauguration, and always too soon after David Bowie’s death.

Dec 30, 2020

A clever way to educate and make light of ugly history without being depressing. Tips on how to deal with bullying ... become the rabit. Taika must be a strange yet very creative person - much of his work is unique in a good way. Poignant poem at the end.

Dec 29, 2020

A mystifying mix of fantasy, fear and silliness. Goosebump-inducing.
I thought "Can we laugh at Hitler?", but I did, the big baby baffoon!
Captivating from start to end (where a German-sung Bowie track closes) with heart -wrenchingly good acting.
Scarlett Johannson has a break-out performance, but not to outshine her much younger counterparts.
One of my favourite moves of the last few years, hands down.

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Sep 06, 2020

Jojo: You'd turn your back on Germany forever?
Elsa: It turned on me first.

Sep 06, 2020

Rosie: You don't know him. He's a fanatic. It took him three weeks to get over the fact that his grandfather was not blond.

Sep 06, 2020

Jojo Betzler: I said to draw where Jews live. This is just a stupid picture of my head.
Elsa Korr: Yeah, that's where we live.

ArapahoeTina Apr 27, 2020

Elsa Korr: I don't know anything about being a woman. Is that what it is? You do things like drinkwine?
Rosie: Sure. You drink. Champagne if you're happy. Champagne, if you're sad. You drive a car. Gamble if you want. Own diamonds. Learn how to fire a gun. You travel to Morocco. Take up lovers. Make them suffer. You look a tiger in the eye. And trust without fear. That's what it is to be a woman.

ArapahoeTina Apr 27, 2020

You're not a Nazi, Jojo. You're a ten-year-old kid who likes dressing up in a funny uniform and wants to be part of a club.

ArapahoeTina Apr 27, 2020

Rosie: Love is the strongest thing in the world.

Jojo Betzler: I think you'll find that metal is the strongest thing in the world, followed closely by dynamite, and then muscles.

ArapahoeTina Apr 27, 2020

Jojo Betzler: Nothing makes sense anymore.

Yorki: Yeah, I know, definitely not a good time to be a Nazi.

Apr 21, 2020

38 quotes in IMDb already. However, equally memorable are those quotes in many scenes as comic exclamations, e.g. the kicks exhibited by Jojo and Rosie. Other examples are when Jojo and Yorki reunited during the liberation battle:

-Yorki! Thank God. I thought you were dead.
No. It seems like I can never die. I'm gonna go home and see my mother. I need a cuddle.

Or the scene after this simple quote between Jojo and Elsa:

What do we do now?


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Apr 30, 2020

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Feb 22, 2020

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