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Plot Overview

boy misses the draftA ten-year-old German boy Jojo Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) has an imaginary friend Adolf (Taika Waititi) who encourages him in his bud­ding Naziism. At a Hitler Youth training week­end, Jojo and his best friend Yorki (Archie Yates) can't wait to be conscripted into the army. Under the watchful eye of camp leader Captain “K” Klenzen­dorf (Sam Rockwell)German Iron Cross Jojo suffers a training accident and is consigned to his home to recuperate from his “war wounds.” There he discovers a teenage Jewess Elsa Korr (Thomasin McKenzie) hiding in a secret room.

She capitalizes on his fear of der Juden by threatening the retaliation of a coven of Jews should he ever harm her, and that he and his mother Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) will be held culpable for hiding her should he rat her out. How­ever, she accedes to giving him the dirty low­down on Jewry for his book Yoohoo Juden.

The Germans have been deluding themselves about their imminent victory. The women have been deluding them­selves that their men will return. And Jojo has an imaginary friend he's growing leery of and a supposed enemy he's growing fond of. As the city falls to the Allies it'll be time for everybody to confront reality.


Rosie feels that the resistance members hanged in the town square had done “what they could.” Fraulein Rahm (Rebel Wilson) at the training camp felt she'd done her part setting a good example by (supposedly) bearing eighteen babies for the Reich. (Prov. 12:5) “The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.”

(Prov. 12:6) “The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.” Gestapo Captain Deertz (Stephen Merchant) paid a visit with his cronies to the Betzler house ostensibly for an inspection, but he was looking for enemies of the state to execute. Elsa was more or less able to talk her way out of it.

(Prov. 12:7) “The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.” When the war got over, the Nazis were kaput, but the Betzler house—what was left of it—survived.

(Prov. 12:8) “A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.” Rosie did a good job of channeling Jojo's father telling Jojo not to sass his mom. Jojo ended up despising his imaginary Hitler whom he defenestrated.

(Prov. 12:9) “He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.” The Jews are despised for their contrary customs, among them eating different foods. Elsa played on Jojo's gullibility, heightening his prejudice by telling him that regular foods are poisonous to a Jew. Thus she made him her servant looking for “poison” to feed her. Rosie was stoic skipping dinner to let Jojo eat her portion. Yes, but when the Nazis chase her, where is she going to get the energy to out­run them. Jojo needs a live mom.

(Prov. 12:10) “A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.” Jojo was loath to kill the demonstration rabbit. Capt. K. let him redeem his standing with his peers by being the first to practice with a live grenade. Ouch!

Production Values

” (2019) was written and directed by Taika Waititi, based on Christine Leunens's 2018 novel, Caging Skies. It stars Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, and Scarlett Johansson. Johansson delivered a stirring performance as a warm-hearted mother and friend in troubled times. The actors are all really strong here. Klen­zen­dorf and his second-in-command Finkel (Alfie Allen) appear in the finale sporting home­made uniforms emblazoned with the pink triangles used to distinguish homos from yellow-starred Jews in the camps. That was intended to help guards sort out the prisoners, but at the liberation every­thing went crazy.

MPAA rated it PG–13 for mature thematic content, some disturbing images, violence, and language. The language was probably raunchier than strictly necessary. It was shot in the Czech Republic and in New Zealand. Michael Giacchino did the score and Mihai Malaimaire the cinematography.

Review Conclusion w/ Christian Recommendation

I just love this kind of picture trying to portray wholesomeness in a dirty environment. Not everybody shares my taste, so suit yourself.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Well done action flick. Suitability for Children: Suitable for children 13+ years with guidance. Special effects: Well done special effects. Video Occasion: Good for Groups. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall movie rating: Four stars out of five.