Jojo Rabbit (12A)



Comedy (2019)
108mins Czech/NZ/US

Starring: Thomasin McKenzie, Roman Griffin Davis, Taika Waititi, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Scarlett Johansson
Director: Taika Waititi
Writer(s): Taika Waititi
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Ten-year-old Johannes Betzler lives in Germany with his mother Rosie. The youngster is an enthusiastic member of the Hitler Youth and he undergoes training with best friend Yorki at a camp run by Captain Klenzendorf and second-in-command Finkel. Returning home, Jojo discovers a Jewish girl called Elsa Korr hiding in a crawl space adjoining the bedroom of his late sister. The boy intends to notify the authorities but Elsa points out that Jojo's mother would be executed for harbouring a Jew.

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Jojo Rabbit (12A)

Adapted from Christine Leunen's novel Caging Skies, Jojo Rabbit is a daring comedy drama, which boldly recounts one episode of suffering and redemption during the Second World War through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy, who claims the Fuhrer as an imaginary friend. New Zealand writer, director and star Taika Waititi confidently walks a tightrope between heartbreak and hilarity, employing his quirky brand of humour to witness the rise of fascism and its devastating consequences...

Jojo Rabbit. Copyright: 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Caption: Roman Griffin Davis as Jojo Betzler, Taika Waititi as Adolf Hitler and Scarlett Johansson as Rosie Betzler in Jojo Rabbit, directed by Taika Waitti. Photo: Kimberley French. All Rights Reserved.Jojo Rabbit will undoubtedly divide audiences as it turns the pages of one of the darkest chapters of 20th-century history. The central concept is deeply objectionable and Waititi's pointedly outlandish portrayal of Hitler as a bile-spewing buffoon - as imagined by a boy who has never met the leader in person - has the power to offend. A stellar lead performance from young London-born actor Roman Griffin Davis illuminates every frame of this challenging and morally complex journey of self-discovery. He beautifully captures the naivete of an impressionable tyke, who has hungrily devoured every syllable of Nazi propaganda and regurgitates it in the hope that unerring loyalty might be rewarded with early promotion to Hitler's Special Guard. By the film's closing frames, his childhood innocence lies in tatters.

The diminutive hero is Johannes Betzler (Davis), who lives in Germany with his mother (Scarlett Johansson). The youngster is an enthusiastic member of the Hitler Youth and undergoes training with best friend Yorki (Archie Yates) at a camp run by Captain Klenzendorf (Sam Rockwell), his second-in-command Finkel (Alfie Allen) and Fraulein Rahm (Rebel Wilson). The captain orders Johannes to kill a helpless wild animal as part of his learning but the boy refuses and is cruelly dubbed "Jojo Rabbit" by fellow recruits. Jojo turns to his imaginary comrade, Adolf Hitler (Waititi), to overcome this setback. Returning home, the boy talks excitedly about a German victory over the Allies. "No more politics," pleads Frau Betzler. "The dinner table is neutral ground, it's Switzerland." Soon after, Jojo discovers a Jewish girl called Elsa Korr (Thomasin McKenzie) hiding in a crawl space adjoining the bedroom of his late sister. The boy intends to notify authorities but Elsa points out that Jojo's mother would be executed for harbouring a Jew so the boy is compelled to hold his tongue.

Jojo Rabbit is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, which navigates some tricky and delicate changes in pacing and tone, including an unexpected sucker punch to convey one character's fate. I wholeheartedly bought into the satire and sentimentality of Waititi's vision, which affirms the enduring strength of love to light a path through the darkness. "I think you'll find metal is the strongest thing in the world," cheerfully counters Jojo. He will learn.

- Sam Cannon

Jojo Rabbit. Copyright: 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Caption: Roman Griffin Davis as Jojo Betzler, Taika Waititi as Adolf Hitler and Scarlett Johansson as Rosie Betzler in Jojo Rabbit, directed by Taika Waititi. Photo: Kimberley French. All Rights Reserved.


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Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 14th February
To Thursday 20th February

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham
- Annan, Annan Lonsdale Cinema
- Ashford, Ashford Picturehouse
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Berkhamsted, The Rex Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Bodmin, Capitol Cinema
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Luxe Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bridport, The Electric Palace
- Brighton, Komedia
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Odeon Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bristol
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bristol, Watershed
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen
- Castle Douglas, The Fullarton Theatre
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chippenham, Reel Cinema Chippenham
- Chipping Norton, Chipping Norton Theatre
- Cork, The Gate Cork
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Dartmouth, The Flavel
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- East Kilbride, Odeon Luxe East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Haverhill, Haverhill Arts Centre
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Hull, Odeon Luxe Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Lancaster, The Dukes
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa
- Leeds, Odeon Luxe Leeds Thorpe Park
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Loughborough, Odeon Loughborough
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Melton Mowbray, Regal Cinema
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Everyman Newcastle
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nuneaton, Odeon Luxe Nuneaton
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay
- Paisley, Showcase Cinema De Lux Paisley
- Penzance, Savoy
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Cinema De Lux Reading
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Odeon Luxe Sheffield
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stroud, Vue Stroud
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Regent Circus
- Tamworth, Odeon Luxe Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Odeon Luxe Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Tywyn, Magic Lantern Cinema
- Wakefield, Reel Cinema Wakefield
- Warrington, Cineworld Warrington
- Warrington, Odeon Luxe Warrington
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- York, Vue York
From Friday 21st February
To Thursday 27th February

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bracknell, South Hill Park Arts Centre
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Brighton, Komedia
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bristol
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bristol, Watershed
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chippenham, Reel Cinema Chippenham
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dunstable, Grove Theatre
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Hull, Odeon Luxe Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Leighton Buzzard, Leighton Buzzard Theatre
- Lichfield, Lichfield Garrick
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Llanelli, Odeon Llanelli
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Everyman Newcastle
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Northwich, Odeon Northwich
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Sheffield, Odeon Luxe Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stroud, Vue Stroud
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Regent Circus
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- York, Vue York


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