How do you tell a coming of age story in Nazi Germany? Jojo Rabbit is the latest film from director and writer Taika Waititi. The film is based off of Christine Leunens’s book, “Caging Skies.” The film focuses on Jojo, a ten-year-old German boy growing up in the height of World War II. He is like any typical ten-year-old; he goes to summer camp, grows closer to his mother after his father leaves, and of course, has an imaginary best friend. That imaginary friend, though, just so happens to be Adolf Hitler.
Jojo Rabbit is the most heartfelt comedy I have ever seen, but it is not a comedy about Hitler as some might assume. Hitler himself is not in the film, just the figment of Jojo’s imagination. The film focuses on what happens when Jojo gets sent home from a Nazi concentration camp for not being able to kill a rabbit. His mother, Rosie, teaches him that love and compassion will always override war and hate. The film is a beautiful example of what can happen when hate is not stopped and when hate becomes normal. It follows Jojo in finding who he is in a time of hate and madness. Jojo Rabbit has an all-star cast featuring Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson and Taika Waititi. It was nominated for best picture and best supporting actress at the 92nd Academy Awards and won best adapted screenplay. I give this movie 10/10 rabbits as it is heartfelt, funny, sincere and joyful.