Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit ★★★★★

TIFF19 Film #12:

I might just be on the festival hype train but I'm not sure if I've seen a better or more enjoyable movie than "Jojo Rabbit" all year long. This is such a creative and unique film that only Taika Waititi could've done. It has all his signature humor and the big belly laughs that you'd expect but I was shocked that this film wasn't afraid to get serious and tackle some heavy themes. There's some really strong dramatic moments here and a great message behind it all that I can't praise Waititi enough for tackling. But beside the humor and the drama this film has what every film should have: a beating heart, I left the theater having felt like I just got a great big bear hug. Every single cast member is used to their full potential. David and Mackenzie are the real stars here though and I can't wait to see what they do next while Johansson is wonderful too. I don't want to mention literally everyone but huge props to Waititi, Rockwell and Yates for delivering some of the funniest performances I've seen in years. I'm surprised the reviews for this are so mixed as of now because I truly thought this was wonderful. I want to watch it again and again right now.

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