During the final months of World War II, we follow Jojo, a lonely German boy struggling to fit in with the other Hitler Youths. Jojo spends his days trying to prove he is a worthy Nazi and is continually spurred on by his only friend, an incredibly doltish and flamboyant imaginary Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi). After finding out his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl in the walls of their home, he is forced to choose between loyalty to his country and to his remaining family.
On the surface, Jojo Rabbit (2019, PG-13) seems absurd and insensitive. In reality, while absolutely absurd, it tells an important story about indoctrination and breaking free of one's upbringing. Jojo's growth is demonstrated throughout the movie and gives clear guidance to those who are afraid of "the others".
This movie moves between hilarious scenes and heart-shattering moments with a fluidity that will give you awe-inspiring whiplash. Taika Waititi (who won the 2019 Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay) is one of my favorite directors. I am convinced nobody could make this movie as well as he did, delicately balancing between ridiculousness and respect.