Jojo Rabbit (2019)
A young nazi learns that everyone he trusts has been lying to him for years.
2019 is a weird time to make a fun Nazi movie because unlike other fun Nazi movie times there seems to be more real nazis now than ever before in my whole life ? I’m not ready to laugh at nazis and this is basically a screwball take on Anne Frank! But Taika “What We Do In Shadows” Waititi has a near perfect record (Ragnarok his only dud!) and Jojo does not disappoint. A great story with a luftwaffe full of laughs, Jojo is really well made, one of the best movies of the year, would see again. Sam Rockwell is awesome and the kids are so adorable you’d think they came from the adorable kid factory. Taika Waititi plays fantasy Hitler - an idea that I hated - but after a minute of his inspired performance all was forgiven.
Check it out if you are into vintage footwear, wartime absurdities, or heavily armed children.
Tonight's viewing with 'Blue Iguana' from 2018. Well, this was a fun slice of pulp fiction with a quirky mix of geezers, gangsters, crime capers and mullets. Sam Rockwell is great as usual playing a small time criminal who travels to London for a job, but gets drawn into a big money jewel heist. Snappy pacing, Ben Schwartz as an unlikely felon and a cavalcade of scuzzy lowlifes keep it interesting. #blueiguana#samrockwell#benschwartz#dvd#movie
(2019, dir Taika Waititi)
A little boy and his best friend Hitler grow up during WW2. I’ve enjoyed Taika Waititi’s previous work so was interested to see how he was going to pull off a Nazi satire, and I think he pulled it off. I laughed a lot throughout, but never felt like it was taking the situation too lightly either. The performances are great all around, I’m not normally a fan of Rebel Wilson but this might be her best performance. The movie looks great as well, I really liked the set designs and how they changed throughout the movie. The movie is very on the nose and there are some very sharp shifts in tone, neither really dampened my enjoyment but I could see them being more of a problem for others. In relation to Waititi’s other movies I liked this more than Thor: Ragnarok and less than What We Do in the Shadows, and about equal to Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Check this one out 8/10.