Jojo Rabbit is one of the best coming of age stories I've seen in a while. It's clever, it's full of heart, and it's absolutely hilarious.
The movie follows a young boy who wants to be a Nazi. His life gets turned upside when he discovers that his mom is secretly housing a Jewish girl. Jojo had to confront this reality, and himself. But don't worry. He has the help of his imaginary best friend - Hitler.
Everyone in this movie gives an amazing performance. The children we follow are so believable. And they represent childhood in such a relatable way. It's easy to forget just how important the things in our childhood were to us, even though they seem silly in hindsight now. But maybe the most surprising thing was Scarlett Johansson. She's an excellent actress as always, but she was completely underutilized in the trailers so I just didn't expect her to even be in the movie.
The movie finds a way to tie such brilliant characters and some nice themes into it's absolutely hilarious premise. Going into the movie, I was concerned how the humor would work. But Taika Waititi finds a way to make World War II jokes in a non-offensive way. Throughout the movie, the laughs are always at the expensive of Nazis or not in reference to them at all.