Jojo Rabbit, satirical film about Nazi Germany, releases trailer

The satirical film focuses on a preteen boy, Jojo "Rabbit" Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis), living in Nazi Germany, who dreams that Adolf Hitler (Waititi) is his imaginary friend.

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July 24, 2019 15:25
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Adolf Hitler will be a prominent character in Jojo Rabbit, a satirical movie by Taika Waititi

Adolf Hitler will be a prominent character in Jojo Rabbit, a satirical movie by Taika Waititi. (photo credit: YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT)

Adolf Hitler will be a prominent character in Jojo Rabbit, a satirical movie by Taika Waititi, who released the trailer for it on his Twitter account on Tuesday.

Waititi, who will direct the upcoming Thor film starring Natalie Portman, wrote, directed and stars as Hitler in Jojo Rabbit, which he has called an “anti-hate movie.”

The satirical film focuses on a preteen boy, Jojo "Rabbit" Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis), living in Nazi Germany, who dreams that Adolf Hitler (Waititi) is his imaginary friend. Hitler counsels the sensitive boy on how to fight back against bullies and Jojo worships him and venerates Nazism. But when he discovers that his mother, Rosie (Scarlett Johansson), is hiding a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic, he is forced to confront the contradictions in his life.

Other cast members include Rebel Wilson, Alfie Allen, Sam Rockwell and Stephen Merchant, and the movie is an adaptation of Christine Leunens' book Caging Skies.



Waititi wrote on his Instagram account: “Visionary” is so overused to describe directors these days, I decided to make up my own term. “Visionistical”. Only a truly visionistical filmmaker would take the time to make up their own word to describe themselves! #humility

So here you go. From “Visionistical” director... Teeka Waytreekeey.... here’s what we in the bizz call, a “teezer traylor”, for my anti-hate satire, #JojoRabbit.”

The trailer, which is set to Thunderclap Newman’s groovy 1969 anthem, “Something in the Air,” plays like a collaboration between Wes Anderson and Tim Burton, with stylized dialogue, over-the-top imagery and a jokey tone.

“People used to say a lot of nasty things about me,” Waititi, as Hitler, tells the boy. “ ‘This guy’s a lunatic. Look at that psycho, he’s gonna get us all killed.’ “

Jojo Rabbit will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and will open in the US on October 18.

Hitler has been featured as a comic character in many movies, including Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator and Dani Levy’s My Fuhrer.


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