Ever since making a splash with films like Hunt For The Wilderpeople and Thor: Ragnarok, fans have been chomping at the bit to get their hands on Taika Waititi’s next film: Jojo Rabbit. It is set to debut later this year, but until then here is a brief plot description just to get you even more excited.
Set during World War II, the film follows a young boy in Hitler’s army named Jojo “Rabbit” Betzler, played by Roman Griffin Davis. He’s a big fan of Hitler and is determined to become the best Nazi he can be. To do so, he joins the “Hitler Youth” in which he goes under the guidance of Captain Klezendorf (Sam Rockwell) and Fraulein Rahm (Rebel Wilson). Jojo gets the nickname “Rabbit” when he fails to kill a bunny in class, even though he says that he wants to kill Jews. His imaginary friend, a goofy version of Hitler played by Taika Waititi, encourages him to reach his goals and succeed.
Everything changes when Jojo discovers that his mother (Scarlett Johansson) has been hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) behind a hidden door in a room. He decides, with the help of Imaginary Hitler, that he should learn more about Jews through the girl and give that intel to the Nazis, and possibly meet Fuhrer. Of course, the tender-hearted child starts to warm up to the girl and the situation gets complicated soon after.
The film gives off a similar vibe to Hunt For The Wilderpeople, which is a very good sign. It will have a lot of heart and use the darkness of the heavy themes to lift the film. Taika Waititi’s Hitler is a very interesting element in the story and I can’t wait to see how it plays out. The story also seems to rely on the performance of the lead and knowing Waititi he probably chose the perfect person for the role.
Are you excited for Jojo Rabbit? Let us know in the comments below! – Marcos Melendez
JoJo Rabbit is set to debut later this year.