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Blu-ray Review: Jojo Rabbit

February 25, 2020

By John Corrado

Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, which recently won him the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, is certainly one of the more unique films to be released last year. The film, which is now available on Blu-ray as of last week, is a World War II satire about a member of the Hitler Youth, Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis), who has his bigoted views challenged by a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) that his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding in their attic.

I first saw Jojo Rabbit at TIFF, where it won the People’s Choice Award, and I generally liked the film, but have also developed some mixed feelings on it, including Waititi’s overly goofy portrayal of an imaginary Hitler, the more that I’ve thought about it since. I do think there are some issues with the tone of the piece, but this is still an entertaining and at times moving film that features solid performances and walks a tricky tightrope to offer a good message about overcoming hate. For more on the film itself, my full review can be found right here.

The Blu-ray also includes a selection of bonus features, starting with three deleted scenes (Imaginary Göring, Little Piggies, and Adolf Dies Again), which mainly feature Waititi riffing and go on a bit too long, as well as some outtakes. Next up is the featurette Inside Jojo Rabbit, a very strong half-hour piece that offers an overview of the film’s story, characters and cast members and is done in a quirky, artsy style that matches the film itself. This is followed by an audio commentary track by Waititi, as well as a teaser and trailer for the film.

Jojo Rabbit is a 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment release. It’s 108 minutes and rated PG.

Street Date: February 18th, 2020

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