JoJo Rabbit – 6.5

An inventive mishmash of relationships with different, and largely incompatible, tones: JoJo and his friend Yorkie – traditional comic; JoJo and his mother (Scarlett Johansson, why?) – serious and tragic; JoJo and Adolf Hitler – absurdist comic; JoJo and Elsa – sweetly romantic; JoJo and Captain K (wonderful Sam Rockwell) – slapstick; JoJo and Jews – uncomfortable. Indeed, the whole “Hogan’s Heroes” view of World War II doesn’t really work when we see the Gestapo chasing Jews, collaborators being hanged and soldiers dying in the street. (I didn’t like Life Is Beautiful, either, for this reason.)

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