Say ‘heil’ to ‘Jojo Rabbit’s’ comic Hitler predecessors, such as the 3 Stooges, Charlie Chaplin, Mel Brooks

Say ‘heil’ to ‘Jojo Rabbit’s’ comic Hitler predecessors, such as the 3 Stooges, Charlie Chaplin, Mel Brooks

“Jojo Rabbit” dares to become a piece of Third Reich hipster whimsy about a lad that is awkward budding 10-year-old Hitler youth (Roman Griffin Davis), whoever faithful imaginary companion is the one and only a fairly buffoonish iteration of Der Fuhrer himself. This demented dictator starts out as a goofy father substitute who encourages Jojo to be a good Nazi as he struggles to learn such skills as killing rabbits and throwing a grenade – an act that ends rather badly as played by the dark satire’s half-Jewish writer/director Taika Waititi in khaki pantaloons and askew mini-mustache. But by the conclusion, this alt-world Adolf grows resentful that their reign within the true to life has arrived at a finish while Jojo literally gives the hateful being the heave-ho and banishes him from their life forever.

Movie fans and history buffs understand all too well that this will be not even close to the very first time that cinema has addressed Hitler being an unwell laugh, a maniacal madman whose despicable agenda and horrifying atrocities were created impotent whenever presented as a farce. Continue reading “Say ‘heil’ to ‘Jojo Rabbit’s’ comic Hitler predecessors, such as the 3 Stooges, Charlie Chaplin, Mel Brooks”