You will see me talk a lot about comedy films needing to have heart. I truly believe this because if there is nothing deep at its core you are left with two hours of jokes and no one really remembers that, unless they are really really good jokes. Just look at Mean Girls, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Shaun of the Dead – All four are brilliant funny movies but they all have a deep story that just sucks you in. Ones that deal with growing up, religion, Death and friends and it is because of these topics that we can all relate to them. That is the heart of the films.
So why talk about films having heart?
It is because of Jojo Rabbit a film that is set during the Second World War. Where a lonely German boy Jojo “Rabbit” Betzler has his world turned upside down when he discovers that his single mother Rosie, Scarlett Johansson, is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his imaginary friend in the form of an idiotic version of Adolf Hitler, Taika Waititi, Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.
That is some deep shit, the kind that most of us don’t deal with normally and in this world where the right is on the rise this film may end up being very important. After all if your just someone who wants to fit in, it is easy to fall in with the wrong crowd.