- make a splash
- Thor: Ragnarok
- 「マイティ・ソー バトルロイヤル」
- （ナチスによる）ユダヤ人(Jew)大虐殺（後出 Jewish はユダヤ人の）
- warning bell
- 人種差別（後出 (racial) discrimination は〈人種〉差別）
- 不寛容（後出 acceptance と tolerance は寛容）
- best picture
- 作品賞（後出 best actor は主演男優賞）
- Hitler Youth
- 憎悪（後出 hatred と hate も同意、hateful は憎悪に満ちた）
- blind obedience
- take hold
Learning to Love
New Zealander director Taika Waititi made a big splash in 2017 with the Marvel Studio's superhero film, "Thor: Ragnarok." This time around, however, he has taken on a project smaller in scale but big on ideas with "Jojo Rabbit," a story about a 10-year-old German boy in the last year of World War II, and his imaginary friend Adolf Hitler.
Playing a boy's fantasy version of the man behind the Holocaust for laughs may appear problematic, but Waititi has made a film that is a scathing parody of Nazism and a warning bell over modern-day racism and intolerance of refugees at the same time. This deft mix of comedy and social awareness garnered the film, in Japanese theaters from Jan. 17, Golden Globe nominations for best picture and best actor in comedy.
"I think people are bored of the same old style of World War II movie, and I wanted to subvert people's expectations a little bit," says Waititi, 44.
The 10-year-old Jojo Betzler, played by Roman Griffin Davis, is a member of the Hitler Youth who idolizes Hitler. The Hitler Youth teaches him that Jews are bitter enemies of the German people, but one day Jojo discovers that his mother Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl named Elsa, played by Thomasin McKenzie, in their home. The two children slowly bond, and through their relationship Jojo confronts the simplistic hatefulness of Nazi ideology.
Waititi notes that in our own time, ideologies of hatred or blind obedience are being "programmed" into children the world over by adults. Having a Jewish mother and a Maori father, he also experienced racial discrimination. Waititi says he feels that anti-hate thinking has not yet truly taken hold in the minds of many.
"'Jojo Rabbit' is a movie with meaning about love and acceptance," he says. Waititi adds that he hopes a film from the perspective of an innocent boy learning directly about war and discrimination, love and tolerance can become a touchstone in the struggle to overcome hateful ideas. (By Okutsu Manami)
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