Taika Waititi took a risk of doing a satire about Nazi Germany, and "Jojo Rabbit" shows that taking those kind of risks turns into a beautiful movie about a little boy who starts to see through blind nationalism.
Jojo Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) is a German boy who is very dedicated to the Third Reich. He is so dedicated that his imaginary best friend is Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi). But, Jojo starts to change when he discovers that his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding Elsa Korr, a Jewish teenager, (Thomasin McKenzie) in their house.
We follow Jojo and his journey of wanting to be loyal to his imaginary friend, Hitler, but he also starts to discover that he loves Elsa. It makes him realize that Jewish people are human beings. He just fell victim to the blind nationalism Hitler created.
The audience sees the Third Reich through the eyes of a German child. He struggles to fit in, so he thinks being a Nazi is what will make him fit in. But, Jojo realizes that being a Nazi causes death, sadness and destruction.
It's a sad but heartwarming story. There are some lines that are hilarious or will make you cry, but you can really see Waititi's personality in the screenplay. The colors are bright, but things quickly turn dark. The acting is also superb, and it makes you want to watch it again after the first time.
This is Waititi's masterpiece, and he deserved the Oscar for "Best Adapted Screenplay." The writing felt so natural and real. We are seeing Nazi Germany through a child's eyes, and we see how easy it was to use propaganda to control children. It can also be seen as a cautionary tale for today.
We do have our differences, but we are all human beings. All it takes is to listen to another person's story and not fall for propaganda.
Can we also discuss how amazing the last scene is? I can talk about it for hours.