Fifth about The Seventh

Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit: there is nothing inherently wrong in making satire with heavy subjects; sometimes it’s the way to make a difficult story to be easier to digest. In the case of Taika Waititi’s film, however, its most distinctive (and perhaps controversial) element doesn’t really connect. A film about life in German at the conclusion of the war naturally has great potential for drama, and that part of the film works much better than the comedy in general. Roman Griffin Davis is lovable as the protagonist, a kid torn between his duty to the motherland and his sweet humanity; Scarlett Johansson and Thomasin McKenzie are both very good, as his sources of good impulses. Taika Waititi and Rebel Wilson broadly comedic performances are the main problems of the film. Archie Yates, on the other hand, steals every moment he appears as the bumbling best friend. The film does look good: production designer Ra Vincent creates a dreamy house and set of locations; costume designer Mayes C. Rubeo work is lively and colorful; those reinforce a fantasy-like mood. The film makes good use of music, including versions in German of a few famous songs.

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