Jojo Rabbit

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Jojo Rabbit
Jojo Rabbit (2019) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTaika Waititi
Produced by
Screenplay byTaika Waititi
Based onCaging Skies
by Christine Leunens
Starring
Music byMichael Giacchino
CinematographyMihai Mălaimare Jr.
Edited byTom Eagles
Production
company
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release date
  • September 8, 2019 (2019-09-08) (TIFF)
  • October 18, 2019 (2019-10-18) (United States)
Running time
108 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Jojo Rabbit is a 2019 American black comedy film written and directed by Taika Waititi, produced by Fox Searchlight Pictures and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The film stars Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Waititi, Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, Sam Rockwell, and Scarlett Johansson. The plot follows a Hitler Youth who finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic.

It had its world premiere at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2019, and is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States and New Zealand[1] on October 18, 2019.

Jojo Rabbit divided critics, drawing both praise and criticism for its portrayal of Nazis; though its performances (particularly those of Davis, McKenzie, and Johansson) received widespread praise. Its polarized reception has been compared to that of the 1997 film Life Is Beautiful.[3][4]

Synopsis[edit]

During the Second World War, lonely German boy Jojo "Rabbit" Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) has his worldview turned upside down when he discovers that his single mother Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his imaginary friend in the form of an idiotic version of Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind Ethnic Nationalism.

Cast[edit]

  • Roman Griffin Davis as Jojo "Rabbit" Betzler, Rosie's son.
  • Scarlett Johansson as Rosie Betzler, Rabbit's single mother who is secretly anti-Nazi.
  • Thomasin McKenzie as Elsa Korr, a Jewish girl whom Rosie hides in her home.
  • Taika Waititi as Adolf Hitler, Rabbit's imaginary friend, resembling his nationality.
  • Sam Rockwell as Captain Klenzendorf, a Nazi captain who runs a Hitler Youth camp.
  • Rebel Wilson as Fräulein Rahm, a brutish instructor in the Hitler Youth camp the young man has just been recruited to attend.
  • Stephen Merchant as Captain Deertz, a Gestapo agent.
  • Alfie Allen as Finkel, the second in command to Captain Klenzendorf.

Production[edit]

In March 2018, it was revealed that Taika Waititi would not only direct but also co-star in the film as an imaginary Adolf Hitler. Speaking of the context of the role, Waititi said "It's my version of... a lonely boy's best version of his hero, which is really his dad", referencing the fact that in the film, the protagonist, a 10-year-old boy, is desperate to join Hitler's ranks during World War II.[5] Later that month, Scarlett Johansson joined the cast to portray the lead child's mother, who is secretly anti-Nazi.[6] In April 2018, Sam Rockwell joined the cast to portray "a Nazi captain who runs a Hitler Youth camp".[7] In May 2018, Rebel Wilson joined the cast to portray "a brutish instructor in the Hitler Youth Camp the young man has just been recruited to attend". Filming was also set to begin in Prague shortly thereafter.[8] Later that month, newcomer Roman Griffin joined the cast to star as Johansson's son while Kiwi Thomasin McKenzie was cast as Elsa Korr, the Jewish girl whom Johansson hides in her home.[9] In June 2018, Alfie Allen was cast as Finkel, the second in command to Captain Klenzendorf, while Stephen Merchant was cast as Captain Deertz, a Gestapo agent.[10][11]

Principal production commenced on May 28, 2018.[9] In February 2019, reshoots were being completed.[12]

Release[edit]

It had its world premiere at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2019.[13] It will also screen at Fantastic Fest on September 19, 2019 and be the opening night film at the San Diego International Film Festival..[14][15] The film is scheduled to be released on October 18, 2019.[16]

Reception[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 74% based on 54 reviews, with an average rating of 7.27/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Jojo Rabbit's blend of irreverent humor and serious ideas definitely won't be to everyone's taste – but either way, this anti-hate satire is audacious to a fault."[17] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 52 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jojo Rabbit premieres at TIFF & releases teasers". Piki Films. July 24, 2019. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  2. ^ "Jojo Rabbit". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "Disney Hitler movie Jojo Rabbit divides critics and angers Germany". The Daily Telegraph. September 9, 2019. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  4. ^ Sharf, Zack (September 9, 2019). "'Jojo Rabbit' Sharply Divides TIFF With Oscar Buzz and Uproar Over Nazi Storyline". IndieWire. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  5. ^ Donnelly, Matt (March 14, 2018). "'Jojo Rabbit': Taika Waititi to Play Imaginary Hitler in 'Thor: Ragnarok' Director's New Film (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 29, 2018). "Scarlett Johansson to Star in Taika Waititi's 'Jojo Rabbit' for Fox Searchlight (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  7. ^ Galuppo, Mia (April 23, 2018). "Sam Rockwell Joining Scarlett Johansson in Taika Waititi's 'Jojo Rabbit' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  8. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (May 22, 2018). "Rebel Wilson Joins Taika Waititi's WWII Satire 'Jojo Rabbit' As Frightful Fraulein". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  9. ^ a b N'Duka, Amanda (May 31, 2018). "Taika Waititi's WWII Pic 'Jojo Rabbit' Adds Thomasin McKenzie". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  10. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (June 15, 2018). "'Game Of Thrones' Alfie Allen Joins 'JoJo Rabbit' & 'How To Build A Girl'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  11. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (June 19, 2018). "Stephen Merchant To Play Gestapo Agent In Taika Waititi's WWII Satire 'Jojo Rabbit'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  12. ^ Topel, Fred (February 4, 2019). "Taika Waititi is Finishing 'Jojo Rabbit' Reshoots, Movie Will Be Released This Fall [TCA 2019]". /Film. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  13. ^ Lang, Brent (July 23, 2019). "Toronto Film Festival: 'Joker,' 'Ford v Ferrari,' 'Hustlers' Among Big Premieres". Variety. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  14. ^ Couch, Aaron (July 30, 2019). "Taika Waititi's 'Jojo Rabbit' to Premiere at Fantastic Fest". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  15. ^ "2019 San Diego Intl Film Festival". secure.sdiff.com. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  16. ^ Welk, Brian (May 13, 2019). "Taika Waititi's Hitler Satire 'Jojo Rabbit' Lands Fall Release Date". The Wrap. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  17. ^ "Jojo Rabbit (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  18. ^ "Jojo Rabbit (2019)". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 14, 2019.

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