When you just helmed the best movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, what do you do next? If you’re director-writer-actor Taika Waititi, you make a comedy about Adolph Hitler.
Taika Waititi’s followup to the delightfully bonkers Thor: Ragnarok is called Jojo Rabbit. And judging by the first trailer, it’s his most bizarre movie yet. And we’re talking about a guy who made a mockumentary about vampire roommates living in modern-day New Zealand.
The movie has an all-star cast, including Waititi as Hitler, Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson, Sam Rockwell, and Game of Thrones actor Alfie Allen.
According to the official press, Jojo Rabbit is an “anti-hate” satire. It’s based on a novel called Caging Skies by Christine Leunens and tells the story of a young German boy whose imaginary friend is, well, Hitler.
Although Jojo initially wants to fit in with the Hitler Youth, his hate-filled dogma is challenged when he discovers that his parents are secretly sheltering a young Jewish girl.
With me so far?
Waititi part Maori and part Jewish, so he has a deep understanding about how racism and bigotry impact minorities. Jojo Rabbit is a dark comedy–just listen to Waititi quip, “People used to say a lot of nasty things about me. ‘Oh this guy’s a lunatic. Oh look at that psycho, he’s gonna get us all killed.’”
If Jojo Rabbit strikes the right note with audiences, it could be up there with The Producers or Dr. Strangelove. But making a comedy about Nazis in the current climate is a bold move. Not sure if it’s going to pay off, to be honest.
After the brilliantly weird What We Do in the Shadows and Thor: Ragnarok, we’re willing to give Waititi the benefit of the doubt. And if Jojo Rabbit turns out to be a huge misstep, hopefully, we will have all forgotten about it by the time Thor: Blood and Thunder comes out in a couple of years.
Jojo Rabbit will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and hit theaters in October. In the meantime, check out the trailer below and let us know what you think? Would you see a comedy about Hitler, or is this just too weird for your taste?