Film review: Jojo Rabbit is an imaginative and unhinged satire

This is a film to relish

Following six Oscar nominations, including a best picture bid and a win for best adapted screenplay, Jojo Rabbit is now available on BluRay and on streaming services.

The pitch-black satire is the strangest awards-season movie you’ll see this year, with a host of oddball performances, zealous directing from Taika Waititi, and a fantastic central turn from child actor Roman Griffin Davis as a member of Hitler’s army.

The film follows the boy as he discovers his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in the attic of their family home, and his conflicting feelings as he falls for the girl and wrestles with his want to obey Hitler’s rule.

The screenplay, adapted by Waititi from the Christine Leunens novel, is outlandish and provides for some of the greatest laugh-out-loud moments of the year.

Featuring a nominated supporting performance from Scarlett Johansson, also competing in the lead actress category for Marriage Story, along with turns from Sam Rockwell, Waititi as Hitler, Rebel Wilson and more, this is a film to relish.

Jordan Parker is a PR professional and journalist in Halifax, and these reviews appear first on his film blog Parker & the Picture Shows.