This is a movie that should be right up my alley. It has an acclaimed comedic writer/director known for films that strike exactly the tone that taking on a difficult subject like the Nazis is suited for, with an all-star cast and a premise just out there enough to maybe sneak in some real lessons without the audience knowing.
And it almost works. That’s not to say that Jojo Rabbit is a bad film. It’s actually a fine film. It has more than a few big laughs and a couple of great performances, but it never quite gels into something more.
This movie looks pretty by the numbers but it has a couple of very important things going for it. Sam Rockwell is one of those things as he’s very generally amazing. Steve Carell, Tony Colette, Alison Janney, and Rob Corddry are another as that’s a pretty stellar supporting cast. I haven’t seen Liam James in much but this could be a good start for him.
The best thing about this though is that it’s written by Jim Rash and Nat Faxon who previously won an Oscar for penning The Descendants
Yeah, it seems like a pretty standard coming of age movie but given the people involved I’ll likely see it.
I love Sam Rockwell and I have since pretty much Galaxy Quest. He has great comic timing and personality but he’s one of those actors who I love to see tackle more dramatic roles such as he did in films like _Confessions of a Dangerous Mind_ and _Moon_. He’s got a new film coming soon and here’s the trailer.