Yesterday I watched JoJo Rabbit for the first time.
Now I am a lover of mixed often surreal comedy and this ticked a lot of boxes.
However this is not a comedy as such because it is set towards the end of the Second World War.
The premise is that a boy joins the Hitler Youth and is being guided by his invisible friend Adolf.
Unbeknownst to him.his mother is hiding a Jewish woman in the house as she isn’t a fan of the regime.
When he joins the Hitler Youth he accidentally injures himself trying to prove his bravery. this then gets him kudos within the troop.
Having a Jewish girl in the home challenges his norms and the beliefs that he had about others who have been made the scapegoat or the bullied by the bully.
If we look at the modern world, how many of us would believe the hysteria that truth was fake news but we have lived through Trump’s America ( still waiting for the fake re-inauguration)
I won’t share anymore of the storylines but it made me think of other works that I read as a child including Anne Frank’s diary, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and then as an adult, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas.
This film also makes you reflect on the fragility of childhood, influences and some of the antihero characters who turn out to help save the the day, including one of the ‘baddies’