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Old 07-24-2019, 10:34 PM
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Jojo Rabbit!


Trailer here.

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Writer director Taika Waititi (THOR: RAGNAROK, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE), brings his signature style of humor and pathos to his latest film, JOJO RABBIT, a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy (Roman Griffin Davis as JoJo) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.
I marked 18 October on my calendar!

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Old 07-24-2019, 11:15 PM
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That sounds both odd and interesting. I'll keep an eye out.
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Old 07-25-2019, 12:03 AM
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Trailer and article with a bit of context on the film's background here.

A bit of his earlier work that people may not have seen.
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This could end up being amazingly terrible or terribly amazing. And I have no idea which.
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Old 07-25-2019, 03:38 AM
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That Trailer left me openmouthed - latest when I realised Taika is playing Adolf himself! That is so out of the left field. And I just came back from Hearing he is doing Thor 4 AND probably Akira afterwards (as the Studio is ready to wait for him). Good times! That man has an aboslutely amazing Output at the Moment and never ceases to surprise me.
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Somebody else mentioned somewhere that it looks like a Wes Anderson film but with proper jokes in, and it totally does. Taika doesn't really have a signature style cinematographically, but he definitely does structurally and comedically.

On a tenuously related note, I once worked on a movie that had Taika in it, before he was famous, and here's some info on it.
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Old 07-25-2019, 09:21 AM
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All of his projects have been a huge hit with me, so I am very much looking forward to this!
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This could end up being amazingly terrible or terribly amazing. And I have no idea which.
I refuse to believe that the man who directed What We Do In The Shadows, Hunt For The Wilderpeople and Thor: Ragnarok could possibly direct anything terrible. The premise is strange, but I'm there opening day.

(I know he co-directed Shadows with Jemaine Clement)
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I refuse to believe that the man who directed What We Do In The Shadows, Hunt For The Wilderpeople and Thor: Ragnarok could possibly direct anything terrible. The premise is strange, but I'm there opening day.

(I know he co-directed Shadows with Jemaine Clement)
He did Eagle Versus Shark which was absolutely horrible.
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Old 09-09-2019, 04:23 PM
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This film just had it's premier at the Toronto International Film Festival and according to this article, reactions were somewhat mixed. I think that's prolly normal for a film this far out of everyone's comfort zone, so I remain optimistic.
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Whether Waititi managed to pull it off was of considerable debate once his film did hit audiences Sunday night in Toronto. “Jojo Rabbit” was hailed as a masterpiece, Waititi’s eccentric opus and a worthy heir to Charlie Chaplin’s “The Dictator” by some, while others deemed it a badly misjudged misfire that awkwardly melds humor with atrocity no better than Roberto Benigni’s schmaltzy “Life Is Beautiful” did two decades before it.

Entertainment Weekly called it “an audacious piece of Third Reich whimsy that almost definitely shouldn’t work as well as it does.” Variety called it ”‘Life Is Beautiful’ made with attitude.’”

“Jojo Rabbit,” which Fox Searchlight will release Oct. 18, had come into Toronto one of the festival’s biggest question marks. It might leave that way, too.
Another 6 weeks and the rest of can see it and decide for ourselves, eh.
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This could end up being amazingly terrible or terribly amazing. And I have no idea which.
The "dark comedy" aspect troubles me. Nearly all the alleged "dark comedies" I've seen in recent years are not at all funny. And with the Hitler thing, I think the odds of this being negatively received are going to be quite high.
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Wait, the negative review compares it to "Life is beautiful"? lol, holy shit. What's the opposite of damning with faint praise?
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Life Is Beautiful was, for me, an incredibly difficult film to watch and immediately went onto my list of Films I Am Glad I Watched But That I Don't Ever Want To See Again.
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Wait, the negative review compares it to "Life is beautiful"? lol, holy shit. What's the opposite of damning with faint praise?
Yeah, I don’t get how comparing a film to a Best Picture nominee (and Foreign Film winner) is supposed to be a negative.
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Life Is Beautiful also made more than 10x it's budget.

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Old 09-10-2019, 05:31 AM
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Yeah, that's sure not exactly a bad thing.

In any event, Waititi's got enough good will from me to bring me to the theater. I know a bunch of people will get uncomfortable seeing Hitler portrayed in this style but that's part of the message, I think. It'll be fun to see what he does with it.
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Old 09-11-2019, 02:47 AM
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On a tenuously related note, I once worked on a movie that had Taika in it, before he was famous, and here's some info on it.
On an even more tenuously related note, I once worked on a short film directed by Robert Sarkies (the director in GuanoLad's link), Dream Makers. I wonder if we have crossed paths in Dunedin?
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