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Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi, 2019)

#1 Post by domino harvey » Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:41 pm

We’re going to need a thread for this since somehow a comedy about a young boy whose imaginary friend is Hitler is shaping up as an awards player! Here’s the trailer

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#2 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:18 pm

It looks incredibly derivative of one of your favorite films! And the marketing screams "the studio is terrified of any of this being taken the wrong way"

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#3 Post by domino harvey » Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:27 pm

mfunk9786 wrote:
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It looks incredibly derivative of one of your favorite films!
The Awards Watch forum has aptly called this “Moonreich Kingdom”— it def looks like a bad SNL parody of Wes Anderson

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#4 Post by Michael Kerpan » Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:31 pm

What a monumentally stupid idea....

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#5 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:38 pm

The weirdest thing about it is that it's based on a book.

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#6 Post by domino harvey » Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:40 pm

Even weirder, that book is Hemingway’s the Sun Also Rises!

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#7 Post by domino harvey » Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:49 pm

Funnier than anything in this trailer is that it appears Waititi has been given instructions by Fox Searchlight to badmouth Hitler to the press as much as possible, which is hilarious because obviously some suits somewhere thought a full-throated public rebuttal of Hitler by the director was needed. Like, it’s Hitler. No one who counts likes Hitler. Can you imagine exerting energy decrying to the press a man whose name has become a shorthand for evil? Then again, can you imagine making a movie where someone might think otherwise of your intentions?

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#8 Post by knives » Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:52 pm

Waititi's always a good bit of fun so I'm into this especially as it seems to follow many of his key interests. Also of note to highlight Disney's silliness even further is that Waititi is half Jewish.

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#9 Post by cdnchris » Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:17 pm

Here's another trailer that went up yesterday.

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#10 Post by Murdoch » Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:28 pm

knives wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:52 pm
Waititi's always a good bit of fun so I'm into this especially as it seems to follow many of his key interests. Also of note to highlight Disney's silliness even further is that Waititi is half Jewish.
Agreed, and Stephen Merchant's casting is enough to pique my interest further. I wasn't sure what to think of the film after the first trailer, but this newer one shows it's more than the goofy imaginary friend comedy I initially pegged it as.

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#11 Post by knives » Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:36 pm

Yeah, that second one definitely makes it seem like it has merit on its own rather than just as a gimmick or a Moonrise Kingdom knockoff.

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#12 Post by swo17 » Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:38 pm

Waititi's never made a bad film so...

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#13 Post by furbicide » Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:27 pm

I'm tentatively down for this. Making a feelgood Nazi comedy is a bit of a highwire act at the best of times, but one feels it's in safe hands.

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#14 Post by Finch » Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:43 pm

This is a better trailer than the first and like Murdoch, it definitely got me more interested when I saw Stephen Merchant show up.

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#15 Post by mfunk9786 » Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:25 pm

This is sitting at 49 on Metacritic and 60% on Rotten Tomatoes. A standout pan: Keith Uhlich gives it a 0/4 for Slant, calls it Marvel Presents Mein Kampf
There’s a hint of some genuine real-world unease in an early scene in which Rosie forces Jojo to look at a line of dead Jews hanging from the gallows. “Uck!,” the boy says, as if he’d just been forced to eat his vegetables.

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#16 Post by domino harvey » Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:03 pm

Wow, first awards season speculation casualty of the season

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#17 Post by Cremildo » Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:12 pm

domino harvey wrote:
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Wow, first awards season speculation casualty of the season
Maybe second, as the reviews were published a few hours after all the pans for The Goldfinch!

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#18 Post by domino harvey » Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:13 pm

I assumed everyone wrote that one off once those lame trailers came out, but you’re right, on paper at least that one sounded like a contender for a while too

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#19 Post by domino harvey » Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:18 pm

One net benefit of this tanking is FSL may move up the actual Wes Anderson film’s release so they have an awards player this season

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#20 Post by Jack Kubrick » Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:37 pm

FSL has the Malick film which can possibly contend, if the passion is there from the highbrow bench.

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#21 Post by mfunk9786 » Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:17 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:18 pm
One net benefit of this tanking is FSL may move up the actual Wes Anderson film’s release so they have an awards player this season
Anderson's still busy wrapping up all the CGI for the 70mm IMAX cut

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#22 Post by Cde. » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:11 am

Jack Kubrick wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:37 pm
FSL has the Malick film which can possibly contend, if the passion is there from the highbrow bench.
Apparently it played well to the academyish Telluride crowd. The Malick film has the advantage of being the only (on paper at least) traditionally epic Oscar bait subject matter film of the season that's being well received. The Irishman could also take some of that shine.

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