Jojo Rabbit (2019) (mini-review++)

jojo-rabbit-taika-waititi-roman-griffin-davis-1572515942(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 9

directing 8

effects 9

editing 9

writing 8


4.5 out of 5 🐙


Only Taika Waititi could make a comedy about Hitler in today’s woke era. And alt-right folks: I’m happy we are in a woke era so don’t think I’m on your team. Yes, I know Charlie Chaplin did some. But I’ve watched a lot of silent films and they just don’t resonate with me. It’s probably a personal failing. But I loved this film. The actors were all superb. I think this is ScarJo’s finest performance this year, not Marriage Story. She was the best a mother could be in the most trying circumstances. The kids were sublime and the tone was typical Waititi: light but nuanced and sweet and peppered with serious, truthful, horrible moments. It’s a singular vibe that no working directors really can mimic.







(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)


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