Movie Review

Hitler & dark humour: 'Jojo Rabbit' highlights the stupidity of hatred

We can all learn a thing or two from this film about a young boy adjusting to life in Nazi Germany

09 February 2020 - 00:00

On the surface of it, the premise of Taika Waititi's film Jojo Rabbit may scare off most people from ever seeing it. Based on a novel by Christine Leunens, it's the tricky story of a boy growing up in Nazi Germany who deals with the difficulties of everyday anti-semitic life in the Third Reich with a little help from his mother and his imaginary best friend ... Adolf Hitler.

However, thanks to a superlative cast, a strong balance of jokes and pathos, and a relevant message about the stupidity of hatred, Waititi's film mostly succeeds as a joyous celebration of life and the spirit of youth to conquer the ignorance of blind hatred and outrage. It's a lesson we can all learn something from...

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