Look, Taika Waititi's one of the best filmmakers in the business. Gifted with a preternatural ability for juggling heartfelt sentiment with riotously funny comedy, he has more than earned our trust as a writer/director over the past decade, and we'll happily follow him wherever his muse takes him.
At the same time, we're expecting his latest film, Jojo Rabbit, to turn more than a few heads when it arrives later this year.
This is the first trailer for Jojo Rabbit, based on a Christine Leunens novel by the name of Caging Skies. Set during World War II, the film revolves around the titular German boy (played by newcomer Roman Griffin Davis) who discovers his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is harboring a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in the family attic.
Possessed with a raging case of blind patriotism, Jojo wrestles with this bit of deception - he loves his mother, but he also loves his country! - while being advised by his profoundly stupid imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi, not even attempting to do an actual impression). So, you can see why this'll be a controversial one.
(Personal Note: For what it's worth, I read the Jojo Rabbit script a year or so ago and was genuinely impressed by how thoroughly Waititi threaded the needle on this one; a dark comedy built around this concept that doesn't make light of the Holocaust is a tall order, but what I read never crossed a line. In fact, I thought the script had a number of [unfortunately] timely things to say about nationalism and blind loyalty. In short: some people will claim, sight unseen, that it's the wrong time for a movie like this, but I think it might actually be the perfect time for a movie like this).
Featuring a cast which also includes Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, and Alfie Allen, Jojo Rabbit is one of our might highly anticipated movies of the year, and we can't wait to give it a whirl when it hits theaters on October 18th. Please let us know what you think about all of the above in the comments section we've helpfully provided for you below.