Taika Waititi, director of successful films such as What We Do in the Shadows (2014) and Thor: Ragnarok (2017), makes fun of Nazis in Jojo Rabbit, a dramatic satire that aims to fight hatred with humor.
Jojo Rabbit is a black drama and comedy movie written and directed by Taika Waititi, with a script based on the book Caging Skies by Christine Leunens. Starring Roman Griffin Davis, Scarlett Johansson and Taika Waititi himself as Adolf Hitler, the film tells the story of Jojo Betzler, a 10-year-old German boy member to the Hitler Youth and who feels a deep admiration for Hitler and the ideological values he represents that will soon begin to question his own beliefs.
The delicacy of themes treated in the film made its production a controversial event, but, apart from its quest to satirize the National Socialist Program and its claims of racial superiority, Jojo Rabbit addresses issues of great ethical and moral depth. The film addresses one of the darkest periods in universal history through a child’s view, exploring the characteristics of dogmatism and other personal conflicts such as self-discovery, the weight of our beliefs and the development of our own identity.
The film was released at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2019, where it won the top prize, the Grolsch People’s Choice Award. In addition, Jojo Rabbit is nominated for several Academy Awards in the categories of Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Editing and Best Supporting Actress for Scarlett Johansson, who is also nominated for Best Actress for her performance in Marriage Story (2019).