Directed by Taika Waititi
Starring Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin Mckenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell
The holocaust has a lot of great movies based on those horrible events. This film is a little different though, in the end, it sends the same message of how we are all the same.
The film follows JoJo, a 10-year-old kid who enters a camp for kids to learn the ways of the nazis. As he is learning the Nazi’s ways he discovers that his mother is hiding a jew girl in his house and the two start spending time together.
I will be honest I had other expectations on the film, nothing bad really is just that in the trailer it looked like a different film. I think it worked great as a satire in how it made the nazis line of thinking so ridiculous which it was but to my surprise, it was a beautiful story of friendship and acceptance. The scenes at the camps were funny, a clear satire of how a country can brainwash their citizens, even from an early age. What worked best was that seen through the eyes of the child we see how he goes from a brainwashed kid to a kid who understood the Nazis were wrong. The movie has a great message, JoJo changed his views on the jews by getting to know that girl that his mother was hiding. The presence of Hitler as JoJo’s imaginary friend was a highlight of the film. I liked the film, I think the message in the film is so relevant still after years of those horrible events.
The performances were great, Scarlett, Sam, and Taika as Hitler were are right on point. The kids were great.
At first, I found myself trying to get into the movie, but as the story went on, I found myself lost in the story and once again confirming that this was a horrible time in human history. The last scenes of the film were so powerful and beautifully acted by Roman Griffin Davis, the tears and pain in his eyes felt so real.