Scarlett Johansson can easily be counted as one of Hollywood’s most versatile actresses. Over the years, the leading lady from Manhattan has starred in some of the biggest box office hits. Also, she is one of the biggest reasons behind the popularity of the ‘Avengers’ saga wherein she plays the Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff).
2019 saw her star as Rosie, the mother of the titular character (named Jojo). The movie explores various themes, such as the anti-Nazi sentiment that gained momentum during the final stages of WWII. All those in the mood to dive deeper into the cultural and ideological complexities of the second Great War can give ‘Jojo Rabbit’ a try. Watch it using the Android smart stick.
Here are a few themes portrayed at various junctures during the course of the movie:
Fake News is the Most Misleading Thing in the World
The movie is set during the mid 1940s, when WWII had entered its final stages. The wheels had come off, but the Nazis were busy planning a massive propaganda in order to mislead the masses by creating the illusion that Germany, under Adolf Hitler, is winning the war.
Many, including the 10-year-old Jojo, tend to believe in the lies fed to them by the Nazis. The movie, in many ways, talks at length about the dissemination of fake news.
People Do Have a Conscience
The movie also portrays that people can be quite deceptive at times. Scarlett, who plays Jojo’s mother (Rosie), speaks at length about the Nazi principles but happens to be an anti-Nazi at the back of her mind. This throws light on the fact that no matter how ignorant people might appear on the surface, they have the seeds of conscience buried deep within their souls.
Scarlett Johansson is able to hold the viewers’ attention with her mind-blowing performance. Although brief, her on-screen presence is enough to instill a sense of charm and optimism in the minds of the viewer.
Love and Friendship are Formidable Forces
Love and friendship and two of the most formidable forces you’d come across in life. In the movie, Jojo befriends Elsa, a Jewish girl on the run from the Nazis. They share a complicated but innocent bond. Jojo protects Elsa from the Nazi forces and does whatever he can in order to protect the little girl.
Also, the movie ends with Jojo confessing his love for Elsa. The movie brings to light the lighter (and caring) side of Jojo, who considers joining the Nazi forces when he grows up.
The Heart can Find Pleasure, Always
Yes, no matter how dire the situation is, people can think of finding joy in the smallest of pleasures. Jojo’s mother Rosie wants her son to enjoy life to the fullest while staying away from the mindless Nazi propaganda. The movie also throws light on the need to be cheerful and lively.
The movie also brings to light a number of instances wherein sacrifices are made by Rosie in order to protect and save a Jewish girl. Towards the end of the film, Klezendorf, the Nazi general, saves Jojo by destroying his documents, thereby saving him from execution by the allied forces.
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