The reviews for Jojo Rabbit are starting to come in, and they are -- generally -- pretty positive.
At the time of writing, the Taika Waititi-directed satire earned a 68% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes, placing it above films like IT: Chapter 2 and The Lion King, but below Joker. Of course, there is a chance the score will go up as more reviews arrive.
Based on the novel Caging Skies by Christine Leunens, Jojo Rabbit is a World War II satire centered around a young German boy who gets advice from his imaginary friend Adolf Hitler, as played by Waititi himself. The movie was originally greenlit by Fox, but new owner Disney is reportedly worried that the film will be too edgy for the family-friendly Disney name.
After Jojo Rabbit, Waititi will direct Next Goal Wins, a soccer movie based on the 2014 documentary. He is also in the process of writing Thor: Love and Thunder, which he will also direct.
Written and directed by Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit stars Roman Griffin Davis as Jojo Betzler, Thomasin McKenzie as Elsa Korr, Taika Waititi as Adolf Hitler, Rebel Wilson as Fraulein Rahm, Stephen Merchant as Captain Deertz, Alfie Allen as Finkel, Sam Rockwell as Captain Klenzendorf and Scarlett Johansson Rosie Betzler. The film arrives in theaters October 18.