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BUY TICKETS 8pm Sunday 23 February
DIRECTOR Taika Waititi
CAST Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi
Writer-director Taika Waititi brings his signature style of humour and pathos to this anti-hate satire set in Germany during the Second World War.
Taika Waititi directs a riotous cast in this daring and touching anti-hate satire. Set in Germany at the tail end of WWII, the story follows Jojo, a lonely boy and a keen, if somewhat inept, member of the Hitler Youth; his closest friend is an imaginary Adolf Hitler (Waititi, on hilarious form). When Jojo discovers his mother (Scarlett Johansson) has been hiding a young Jewish girl in their house, he must battle his own conscience. An audacious black comedy that is funny, moving and, above all, relevant.
(2019 Czech Republic / USA / New Zealand 108 mins)
Nazism is tricky terrain for a comedy, to put it mildly, so a daffy take on Hitler is really pushing it. But Taika Waititi isn’t just any old director; the New Zealander’s films … brim with affection for outsiders. Born to a Maori father and part-Jewish mother, Waititi tells the story of a brainwashed German boy with panache, poignancy, and abundant absurdity … For some, the subject should be no laughing matter, but Waititi ridicules Nazi ideology with aplomb and his brand of winningly juvenile humour underpinned by sweetness is an ideal fit for a child’s-eye view of events. There’s a spectacularly funny final send-off for ‘Adolf’ but there are moments of crushing sadness and dawning realisation, too, that are enough to take your breath away. And, as Jojo journeys toward enlightenment and reconnects with his humanity, it’s actually rather beautiful. Emma Simmonds, The List
Nominated for five BAFTAs and six Oscars including Best Picture (Oscars only), Supporting Actress and Adapted Screenplay. Winner of the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.
BBFC advice: BBFC advice: Contains discrimination, violence, bloody images, sex references and strong language
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