At a time when the world is facing a rise in sympathies for Nazi ideologies and artists are getting very serious about warning us about the threat that might pose, actor/writer/director Taika Waititi has gone in a different direction with “Jojo Rabbit,” an unapologetic satire about a young Hitler Youth member whose imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler.
Waititi first made a splash in America as the writer and director of the 2014 fake documentary vampire comedy “What We Do in the Shadows,” in which he also plays the vampire Viago. The movie’s growing cult following allowed him to create an excellent 2019 FX TV series that follows a different set of vampires living on Staten Island.
He also wrote, directed and performed the voice for the CGI character Korg in “Thor: Ragnarok,” by far the funniest Marvel movie to date. He’s slated to repeat those duties for “Thor: Love and Thunder” scheduled for release in 2021.
So now Waititi’s got some juice in Hollywood. What does he do with that clout? He makes a World War II satire that’s sure to offend the good people on both sides.