Jojo Rabbit
First screened in October 2019
Director: Taikia Waititi. Cast: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomas McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi, Sam Rockwell, Archie Yates, Rebel Wilson, Alfie Allen, Stephen Merchant, Luke Brandon Field, Sam Haygarth. Screenplay: Taika Waititi (based on the novel Caging Skies by Christine Leunens).

Twitter Capsule: I grant Waititi's comic verve as...Hitler. But what does the rest of the film have? Story, characters confused and flat.

Second Capsule: I was perplexed by this film throughout, including its look and performances. By the final third, every seam left in this garment rips open.

VOR:   The uneven and imprecise satire of the first third gives way to something even vaguer and soppier. Risky even to stage this, but also rather foolish?

Photo © 2019 Fox Searchlight Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: D+

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Supporting Actress: Scarlett Johansson
Best Adapted Screenplay: Taika Waititi
Best Production Design: Ra Vincent and Nora Sopková
Best Costume Design: Mayes C. Rubeo
Best Film Editing: Tom Eagles

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Picture (Musical/Comedy)
Best Actor (Musical/Comedy): Roman Griffin Davis

Other Awards:
Toronto International Film Festival: People's Choice Award
Writers Guild of America: Best Adapted Screenplay
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Best Adapted Screenplay

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