First JOJO RABBIT Reactions Call It Moving and Hopeful

The absurdity of the modern world has seemingly rendered parody obsolete, and comedy continues to struggle with knowing which events and people can be made fun of without alienating large numbers of people. So of course Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi went out in 2019 and made Jojo Rabbit, a satirical film featuring himself as a ridiculous Hitler, the imaginary best friend to a Nazi Youth who learns his mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their home. But does that mean the popular filmmaker with his own unique style pulled off such a delicate story? Based on the first reactions to the movie, which just had its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the answer from the majority is a resounding yes, but not everyone was sold.

Those who loved the movie really, really loved it, with many praising it for being far more emotional than they were prepared for.

On the other hand, some thought the film didn’t find the right tone.

It always seemed unlikely everyone in 2019 would love a movie with such a weird premise, but based on these reactions we’re hopeful we will.

Jojo Rabbit comes to theaters on October 18.

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