Are you longing for a comedy genre movie? If yes, then I am proud of myself that I know what you want, right? So here I am with a movie of 2019, Jojo Rabbit. Taika Waititi wrote and directed Jojo Rabbit, a 2019 comedy-drama film based on Christine Leunens‘ 2008 novel Caging Skies. Johannes “Jojo” Betzler, played by Roman Griffin Davis, is a ten-year-old Hitler Youth member who discovers that his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is concealing a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic.
The involvement of his imaginary buddy (Waititi), a fantastical version of Adolf Hitler with a humorous viewpoint on the politics of the war, forces him to reconsider his views. Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, and Alfie Allen all feature in the film.
The Plot of Jojo Rabbit
In the fictitious city of Falkenheim, after the fall of Nazi Germany, ten-year-old Johannes “Jojo” Betzler joins the Deutsches Jungvolk, the Hitler Youth's younger wing. He developed the imaginary companion Adolf, a buffoonish Adolf Hitler, after being heavily brainwashed with Nazi beliefs. Despite being a devotee, he is dubbed “Jojo Rabbit” during a training camp run by Captain Klenzendorf after refusing Review Dialer to kill a rabbit to show his readiness.
He returns to prove himself, armed with Adolf's encouragement, tossing a Stielhandgranate that explodes at his feet, leaving him disfigured and hobbling. His mother Rosie insists on Jojo's inclusion in the now-demoted Klenzendorf, so he is assigned modest chores such as disseminating propaganda pamphlets and collecting scrap for the war cause.
One day, while alone at home, Jojo discovers Elsa Korr, an adolescent Jewish girl who was a former classmate of his late sister Inge, hidden behind the walls of Inge's upstairs bedroom. Elsa makes Jojo both scared and violent. The two are at a standstill since revealing that Rosie is concealing Elsa will result in the execution of all three of them. Jojo continues to contact Klenzendorf to learn her “Jew secrets” and create a picture book named Yoohoo Jew, so he may “reveal” the Jewish race and let the general public readily recognise her type.
When Waititi's mother, Robin Cohen, introduced him to Christine Leunens' 2008 novel Caging Skies, he got the concept for Jojo Rabbit. He opted to adapt the novel after becoming bored with generic World War II stories portrayed through the viewpoints of troops and survivors and assisted by the fact that his grandpa had previously fought the Nazis.
The forbidden subject matter did not deter him from continuing the movie; instead, he saw it as a source of inspiration and a challenge to be daring in his filmmaking. He also saw the picture as a “love letter to all moms,” as it features a caring mother role.
“In a lot of ways I wanted to keep some sort of innocence around that stuff,” Waititi said of the screenplay's premise, which is based on the Nickelodeon cartoon Rugrats, which depicts violence through the fantastical lens of a child: “In a lot of ways I wanted to keep some sort of innocence around that stuff.” For Waititi, a childish perspective meant an honest portrayal of Nazism: “Children, they don't screw around.”
How did it do on Box Office?
Jojo Rabbit earned $33.4 million in the United States and Canada, $57 million in other countries (including $4 million in New Zealand), and $90.3 million globally.
The picture grossed $349,555 in its domestic limited release weekend, with an average of $69,911 per theatre (the fourth-best of 2019).
It made an average of $70,000 on its first day alone. The next week, the picture was expanded to 55 theatres in ten locations, grossing $1 million, and in its third weekend, it grossed $2.3 million from 256 cinemas.
The next weekend, it was released in 802 theatres, grossing $4 million. The film's theatre count peaked in its fifth weekend, with $2.8 million from 995 screens, before dropping to $1.6 million in its sixth weekend. Christmas and the attention it began to garner among the awards community were attributed with increasing viewership, with the film reaching $20 million in its ninth week, when it was running in 230 theatres.
Awards it Jojo Rabbit Won
The cast and crew of Jojo Rabbit received 14 accolades. The film garnered a total of six nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actress for Johansson and Best Picture. Waititi won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Davis was nominated for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy at the 77th Golden Globe Awards and won Best Young Performer at the 25th Critics' Choice Awards, a category in which McKenzie and Yates were also nominated.
Rubeo received the award for Excellence in Period Film at the 2019 Costume Designers Guild Awards, and she was nominated for Best Costume Design at the Academy Awards. Eagles, Vincent, and set decorator Nora Sopková were all nominated for Academy Awards. Jojo Rabbit was named one of the top ten films of 2019 by the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute.
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