DIR: TAIKA WAITITI. WITH: ROMAN GRIFFIN DAVIS, THOMASIN MCKENZIE, TAIKA WAITITI, SAM ROCKWELL, SCARLETT JOHANSSON. USA 2019. 108 MINS
The latest film from Taika Waititi, director of Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnarok and What We Do in the Shadows.
Winner of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival’s Audience Award, Waititi’s anti-hate satire follows Jojo, a lonely German boy whose imaginary friend is an idiotic Adolf Hitler (Waititi, in a boisterous performance) in the last days of the Second World War. A keen, though incompetent, member of the Hitler Youth, Jojo’s world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic.
In a cast rich with comic talent – including Stephen Merchant, Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson – Johansson especially dazzles, in this exuberant, irreverent and moving comedy.
Screening as part of CINECITY: THe Brighton Film Festival 2019. Each year, CINECITY takes you on adventures in world cinema, bringing you the best in festival previews, live cinema and archive treasures