There’s much that could go horribly wrong with Jojo Rabbit, the upcoming film from Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, What We Do in the Shadows). According to the official synopsis, Jojo Rabbit is “a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.”
A World War II satire about a young boy with Hitler as an imaginary friend? Like I said, it could go horribly wrong. And yet, I love the vibe in the trailer — one commenter described it as Wes Anderson meets Mel Brooks, which sounds about right to me — including Waititi’s goofy take on Hitler. (Which, if nothing else, will hopefully offend real-world Nazis everywhere.)
Jojo Rabbit arrives in theaters on October 18, 2019, and stars Waititi, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, and Alfie Allen.
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