January 1

5-question film review: Jojo Rabbit

Why did you go see this film?

I like Taika Waititi’s work, plus I really wanted to see how he would deconstruct the Nazi setting to make it a comedy.

What was the best thing about it?

Really excellent key scenes (dynamite grab, Jojo meeting Elsa, butterfly chase) with well-timed breadcrumbs leading up to them. Genuinely funny jokes and performances. Sam Rockwell had fun.

And truth bombs all way: “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.”

What was the worst thing about it?

Rebel Wilson. While Waititi’s imaginary Hitler was necessarily manic, I thought Wilson’s Fraulein Rahm was overdone. To be fair she was probably hired to do that, it was just too much for the material given.

Who would you recommend go see it?

People sick of largescale war movies. This one’s small and focused and funny. If you like Waititi’s work such as Boy, which is touted as a comedy but has hard-hitting dramatic moments, then you’ll appreciate this.

If this film was a type of food, what would it be?

A pretzel. Funny-looking, ostensibly German but quite chewy in the middle.

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Posted January 1, 2020 by Adeline Teoh in category "Opine

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Adeline Teoh (aunty/she/her) is a writer who lives in Parramatta on Dharug land. She drinks tea, practises tsundoku and is not afraid to walk there if she must. (Find out why this blog is called Unfinished writing by Adeline.)