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make a splash
成功する
Thor: Ragnarok
「マイティ・ソー バトルロイヤル」
Holocaust
(ナチスによる)ユダヤ人(Jew)大虐殺(後出 Jewish はユダヤ人の)
scathing
痛烈な
Nazism
ナチス主義(後出Naziはナチスの)
warning bell
警鐘
racism
人種差別(後出 (racial) discrimination は〈人種〉差別)
intolerance
不寛容(後出 acceptance と tolerance は寛容)
refugee
難民
deft
巧みな
garner
(ここでは)獲得させる
best picture
作品賞(後出 best actor は主演男優賞)
subvert
覆す
Hitler Youth
ヒトラーユーゲント(ナチスの青少年団)
idolize
信奉する
confront
対峙(たいじ)する
simplistic
単純化された
hatefulness
憎悪(後出 hatred と hate も同意、hateful は憎悪に満ちた)
blind obedience
盲従
take hold
根付く
touchstone
試金石
overcome
乗り越える
【写真説明】captain
大尉
 

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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