If Top Gun: Maverick is the most exciting teaser of late, then the teaser trailer for "Jojo Rabbit" has got to be the most bizarre. If you haven't seen it, check it out below:
Taika Waititi's latest movie is based on the book "Caging Skies" by Christine Leunens, and tells the story of Jojo "Rabbit" Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis). A 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. And the only person he has to turn to as he attempts to deal with all that he's going through, is his imaginary friend...Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi).
Now I know what you're thinking; "this sounds bat shit insane!" And to be fair, you're probably right. But Jojo Rabbit looks - in true Waititi fashion - absolutely hysterical. It is definitely something you have to see to believe, and that's just the trailer. One thing fans of Waititi will agree on though, is this is very much in his quirky wheelhouse, out there on the fringes of sanity. This really is the perfect project for him, in fact, I don't think anyone else could do this story justice.
The trailer itself is just a collection of random snippets from the movie - yes I know that's what all trailers are. But what you'll see here is mostly inexplicable. Like Sam Rockwell's Nazi captain shooting his lunch with a variety of firearms and from a multitude of interesting positions, or a kid throwing his knife at a tree, only for it to bounce back and hit his friend in the leg. Oh, and Stephen Merchant looking like an evil Jacob Rees-Mogg as a member of the Gestapo. The longest clip form the movie features the titular Jojo being consoled by his imaginary friend, after being picked on by bullies in his Hitler Youth Group, and like pretty much everything else you'll see, is more than slightly amusing.
If I'm honest, there's nothing I can say that would do this trailer justice, you really do just have to watch it. I don't really know what I saw, all I know is...I want to see more of it!
Jojo Rabbit arrives in UK cinemas on 3rd January 2020.
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