Basically, you’ll get to watch JoJo Rabbit, Charlie Chaplin’s The Dictator, and Mel Brooks’ The Producers, three satirical comedy classics for FREE (so long as you RSVP*) this Saturday at Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre.
This is a no-brainer to go to (especially if you haven’t seen all of these), right? Get more details, RSVP, etc. here.
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Jojo Rabbit Is a Great, Definitive Piece of Satire for 2019 and Cements Waititi’s Legacy as an Auteur
Even though you probably are well aware of JoJo Rabbit’s premise of a fledgling Nazi Youth, who has a goofy Hitler as an imaginary friend, having to confront the inherent flaws in his ideology and its branding as an “anti-hate satire” (and that they’ll be playing David Bowie’s Heroes at some point), Taika Waititi still manages to delight, surprise, pull your heart strings oh-so-tight, have you double over laugh, and question your own biases and tolerances with his latest film.
Waititi makes a very effective piece of satire (almost Jonathan Swift-life in concept) for our times and also manages to be both edgy and uplifting at the same time. Such a range might actually be his signature style as an aforementioned auteur and wonderfully singular voice in comedy when all is said and done. Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do in Shadows, Thor: Ragnarok and now JoJo Rabbit do make for a damn fine resume.
Also, the whole cast, Roman Griffin Davis, Scarlett Johansson, Taika, Thomasin McKenzie, and Sam Rockwell put on performances that will definitely stand out (as they balance Waititi’s sense of play and the horror of the Third Reich in WWII) in the breadth of their filmographies, which are already pretty impressive as is.
Taika Waititi Talks How He Came to Play Hitler in JoJo Rabbit and Details of New Thor Movie on Kimmel
In this chat with Jimmy Kimmel, Taika Waititi really showcases the sort of magnetism and charisma that one would need to play Hitler in a daring and innovative satire and also helm the funniest corner of the Marvel universe amongst many other things.
Even while sleeping, it’d seem that Taika is still pretty damn adorable.
Watch and enjoy the whole interview here.
JoJo Rabbit’s Full Trailer Promises a Brilliant (and Very Fun) Piece of Satire
When first hearing about Taika Waititi’s project where a kid has Hitler as an imaginary friend, one had to wonder what exactly the celebrated writer/director/actor had up his sleeve (especially in these days where white supremacy seems to be on the rise again).
That being said, over years over great pieces of cinema, we should have faith that Waititi would deliver something special. From the looks of the just released full trailer for JoJo Rabbit, Waititi might be delivering his most poignant work yet. Thus far, it appears to be a sharply crafted satire that follows why being a Nazi is bad from the perspective caught up in the Nazi Youth, but still full of Waititi’s trademark playful sense of irony.
There’s promise here that might warrant timing whatever standing ovations that JoJo Rabbit would get in its opening week
See for yourself in the trailer here, then look for JoJo Rabbit’s theatrical release on Oct. 18th.
See Taika Waititi as an Imaginary Hitler in First Teaser for “JoJo Rabbit”
Taika Waititi has built up such a lovely resume with everything from What We Do In the Shadows to Hunt for the Wilderpeople to Thor: Ragnarok that he can really swing big, which is what he seems to be doing with his latest, JoJo Rabbit.
JoJo Rabbit follows a timid young child in Nazi Germany that ends up having an imaginary friend in the visage of Adolf Hitler, albeit a goofy one played by Taika. The premise has the titular JoJo reckon with himself as he finds his mother is hiding a Jewish girl. Billed as an “anti-hate satire” (perhaps the first time that’s ever been a phrase?), Waititi continues to have our interest peaked here. The tone and satirical walking-the-line seems like anything else we’ve seen before just from this teaser (we can only imagine what lies ahead with a full trailer).
See for yourself here with the just released teaser, then look for JoJo Rabbit in theaters on Oct. 18th.