Taika Waititi has quickly and surely made a place in Hollywood for himself and his wacky humor. He rose to mainstream popularity with the success of revamping Marvel’s Thor series with Thor: Ragnarok in which he also voiced the ‘pile of rocks’ named Korg. Hailing from New Zealand, Waititi has never shied away from weirdness in his comedies whether it’s following ancient vampires awkwardly figuring out their place in the modern world with What We Do in the Shadows or the manhunt of a juvenile delinquent and his foster father with Hunt for the Wilderpeople. So, while Jojo Rabbit might have been a surprising premise for any other filmmaker, it fits right into Taika Waititi’s eccentric filmography.
We’ve seen the World War II period and Adolf Hitler portrayed in Hollywood many times but Jojo Rabbit has a rather unusual take. The film is about a young German boy named Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis), with Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi) as his imaginary friend who finds out his mother (Scarlett Johansson) hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their home. He’s torn between what he learns of Jews from Hitler Youth camp instructors Captain Klenzendorf (Sam Rockwell) and Fraulein Rahm (Rebel Wilson) and the kindness that his mother displays towards all.
Presented through the perspective of a young boy, Jojo Rabbit is an anti-hate satire inspired by Christine Leunens‘ novel Caging Skies to which Taika Waititi has added a humorous angle. The film’s subject is sensitive but it seems like Waititi has stuck the landing. The film first premiered at Toronto International Film Festival last year and has since received international acclaim.
Meet #ArchieYates! One of the nicest people I've ever met. He's also in this awesome movie @jojorabbitmovie. Check him out reading Tweets from this crazy fan @VancityReynolds pic.twitter.com/h2b2hAPt1l
— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) October 26, 2019
Jojo Rabbit received multiple nominations at Screen Actors Guild Awards, BAFTA, Critics’ Choice Awards, and the Golden Globes. It now has also been nominated for six Oscars, including Best Motion Picture. The film also got Scarlett Johansson her first Academy nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (she’s also been nominated for Best Actress for Marriage Story).
#JojoRabbit is nominated for 6 #AcademyAwards for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress – Scarlett Johansson, Best Editing, Best Production Design and Best Costume Design! #OscarNoms pic.twitter.com/r91ELIv4UM
— Jojo Rabbit (@jojorabbitmovie) January 13, 2020
Jojo Rabbit arrives in cinemas in India on January 31, 2020. Be sure to check out how you can watch the other Oscar nominees and click on ‘Interested’ below for the latest updates on the film.