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Roman Griffin Davis (first major movie role), Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Scarlett Johansson (Ghost in the Shell), Alfie Allen (John Wick), Stephen Merchant (Fighting with my Family), Rebel Wilson (Isn’t it Romantic), Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace), and Taika Waititi (Avengers: Endgame)
A young boy in Hitler’s Army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.
What I Think
A good little member of the Hitler Youth, JoJo is attending a camp that trains the German youth in military action. This includes marching, ambush tactics, in field survival, rifle use, first aid, and explosives training. During the training Jojo gets hazed and runs off to consult his imaginary friend Hitler…yes “THE” Hitler. After a pep talk with the Führer he goes head first into an explosive training session that causes him close to life threatening injuries.
He recovers from his injuries but they cause him to be disqualified as a future fighter of the German Army. This means he can only do menial jobs like passing out flyers and collecting metal for bullets. One day while he is home JoJo hears a noise coming from upstairs and investigates. His curiosity leads to him finding a small room behind the wall in his sisters room. He searches the room and finds a young Jewish girl hiding.
Making light of the atrocities that happened during World War II is a very hard thing to do. Making it funny from the Germans point of view is even harder. These are a people that blindly followed their leader to completely wipe out the Jews in Germany by murdering 6 million of them. With that said, the way that Taika Waititi injected a humorous, bumbling, cartoonish version of the dictator Adolph Hitler into the landscape of this film, artfully broke the tension, drama, and the heaviness of the situation.
The cast also injected humor into the whole movie even if it was just being flippant with the authorities, voicing misunderstandings, or in most cases saying things that were so outrageous that they instantly made you laugh. Sam Rockwell playing the hopeless German Officer that keeps getting demoted, Stephen Merchant as the heartless Gestapo, Rebel Wilson who is a camp counselor (of sorts) for the Nazi Youth, and Scarlet Johansen in the strong mother role made the movie. Great casting choices that solidified the movie as a fantastic viewing experience.
With that I give this movie a 4 1/2 of 5 stars.
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