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JoJo Rabbit Blu-ray Review


“JoJo Rabbit” is a timely dramedy.

Based on the novel “Caging Skies” by Christine Leunen, “JoJo Rabbit” is set at the tail end of WWII and revolves around a young Hitler Youth member named JoJo, his imaginary friend Adolf Hitler, his mother Rosie (a German resistance member), and a young Jewish girl hiding in their home named Elsa. Initially, JoJo and Elsa clash over their world views, but as the two begin to bond, JoJo begins to rethink his stance on Nazis. 

In these troubling times, “JoJo Rabbit” feels like the film that we need. This story (which is billed as an anti-hate satire) is ultimately a moving piece of art about tolerance and love. It also happens to be comedic. While it’s undoubtedly challenging to make a WWII era drama-comedy (let alone one starring child actors), writer/director/actor Taika Waititi manages to create a film that delicately balances between both genres. Admittedly, not all of the humor works here and, in fact, I’d wager a number of viewers may find it to be downright unfunny. Truthfully, the dramatic moments are far more effective here especially in the tense third act. Still, between the Wes Anderson esque whimsy and Waititi’s hilariously exaggerated version of Hitler, you’ll be hard pressed not to laugh at least a few times. 

Even though the Academy Award winning script works on its own, it’s the cast that makes this tricky experiment come to life. The aforementioned Waititi has the best comedic moments here to be sure as the imaginary Hitler. He also has great chemistry with the titular character played by Roman Griffin Davis who is a truly talented young actor that I’m sure we will be seeing more of. Same goes for rising star Thomasin McKenzie (Elsa) and the scene stealing Archie Yates (Yorki) who will soon be seen in the next “Home Alone” reboot. Sam Rockwell is his usually great self here as is Scarlett Johansson who despite sporting a poor accent manages to give a poignant Academy Award nominated performance. 


Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect a pristine print.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A nice crisp 5.1 track.

* Digital copy
* 3 deleted scenes
* 3 ½ minutes of amusing outtakes
* The half-hour “Inside JoJo Rabbit”includes set footage, film clips, interviews, character and story discussions and more.
* Teaser and theatrical trailers for “JoJo Rabbit.”
* An informative and often amusing commentary by Taika Waititi who actually calls other cast members. 

February 13, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , ,

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