New Zealand-born director Taika Waititi is best known for his comedies, namely vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows and Thor: Ragnorak (the only good Thor movie).
But even for someone who loves Waititi's screwball sensibilities, the premise of his newest film, Jojo Rabbit, might come as a shock. See, in his newest movie, Waititi (who's half-Māori and half-Russian-Jewish, by the way) plays Adolf Hitler. No, not the real Adolf Hitler! Just a child's good-natured, imaginary best friend version of Adolf Hitler. If that sounds absolutely bats**t insane, that's because it is. You can watch the whole trailer here:
JOJO RABBIT Trailer (2019) Taika Waititi, Scarlett Johansson www.youtube.com
The craziest thing about the Jojo Rabbit trailer is that it actually looks very promising. Although maybe that shouldn't be a surprise considering Waititi's excellent track record.
Billed as an "anti-hate satire," the plot of JoJo Rabbit focuses on a young boy in Nazi Germany who befriends an idealized, imaginary version of his hero, Adolf Hitler. As the young boy makes his way through Hitler Youth camp, his secretly anti-Nazi mother (Scarlett Johansson) harbors a young Jewish girl in their home.
The cast also includes Sam Rockwell as the Hitler Youth camp leader, Captain Klenzendorf; Alfie Allen as his second-in-command, Finkel; and Rebel Wilson as a brutish instructor, Fräulein Rahm.
Love it or hate it, there's no denying that this is one of the most original premises to hit movie theaters in ages.
JoJo Rabbit is set to be released on October 18th, 2019.