PODCAST | Steve Hargrave interviews on the red carpet of the BFI London Film Festival Roman Griffin Davis, Archie Yates and Thomasin McKenzie, actors of the film JoJo Rabbit.
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The stars of Jojo Rabbit talk to Fred about making one of the year’s most brilliantly surreal comedies, and working with the genius behind it – Taika Waititi.
Honey Boy: With films like Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnarok and What We Do in the Shadows, Taika Waititi has long been amassing fans with his wicked sense of humour and smart blend of satire and pathos. Jojo Rabbit might just be his best yet. Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) is a young boy living in Germany in the final days of the Second World War. The Nazi regime is crumbling but remains stupidly vicious to the last. With his father gone – perhaps dead or even a deserter – Jojo is a game if somewhat inept member of the Hitler Youth; his closest friend an imaginary Adolf Hitler (Waititi, on hilarious form). When he discovers his mother (Scarlett Johansson) has been hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace) in their house, Jojo must go to war with his own conscience. Tackling the ludicrousness of racism and nationalism, Waititi has also crafted a film of great emotional charge and tenderness, with Davis and McKenzie exceptional as unlikely allies. In a cast rich with comic genius – including Stephen Merchant, Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson –Johansson is dazzling, demonstrating the full wattage of her onscreen charisma. Riotously funny, moving and relevant, Jojo Rabbit is an absolute gem of a film.