Taika Waititi's ‘outrageous and risky' Nazi satire ‘Jojo Rabbit' teaches kids not to hate, star Roman Griffin Davis says
Added 10-19-19 06:25:02pm EST - “Writer-director Taika Waititi's "Jojo Rabbit," which opened Friday, might look like a cinematic showcase for Adolf Hitler's would-be comedic side. But the self-described "anti-hate satire" based on Christine Leunens' novel "Caging…” - Nydailynews.com
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Writer-director Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit,” which opened Friday, might look like a cinematic showcase for Adolf Hitler’s would-be comedic side. But the self-described “anti-hate satire” based on Christine Leunens’ novel “Caging Skies” not only deconstructs the culture of hate, bigotry, and ignorance that spawned World War II and the Holocaust, but spits in the face of such mindsets.
“I think if we restrict who is able to tell these stories, then that ... hinders our progress in dealing with the subject matter and spreading the messages that we’re trying to spread," Waititi, who also plays Hitler in the black comedy, told the Daily News of his own Jewish heritage, which he notes is “not on the poster.”
After he’s injured at a Hitler Youth training camp (where he’s taunted with the nickname “Rabbit”) during WWII, 10-year-old Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) discovers Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie), a Jewish girl his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding from the Nazis, putting his devotion for the Führer to the test.
Roman tells The News that the film, which marks the 12-year-old’s cinematic debut, “[shows] how kids can easily be manipulated and how just teaching kids fragments of hate can change their whole mind. And that adults, they need to be more careful.
“They need to really think what they’re teaching kids posits and how hate can really change children," he adds.
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