Jojo Rabbit (★★1/2)
There were moments in this film that I felt heavy weight. Moments that’ll sit with me for some time. I remember smiling and being shocked often simultaneously. Yet, when the curtains came up I felt, well, nothing.
Jojo Rabbit is a solid Love vs. Hate film that brushes up with some real complex themes. When things start looking up for Jojo – his reality hits him and it hits him hard. The juxtaposition between the childlike innocence and Naziism is where this film soars. I tweeted shortly after that there were “moments” of brilliance, but they are shrouded in the cliche.
Tammy and the T-Rex (Gore Cut) (★★)
Yes, I knew about this film coming in, but had never seen the originally released PG-13 version. The movie was absolutely ridiculous and I found myself cackling quite a bit. About halfway into the movie I started feeling more exhausted – like a sense that I got the joke, and we’re just pressing now.
What helped bring me back was the absurd filmmaking-moments. It was definitely of its era (with homophobic jokes/slurs that got quite the groans out of our theater), but all-in-all it was a pleasant time. A celebration of B-movies in the 90s.
The Happiness of the Katakuris (1/2)
Some people love the work of Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Audition), who was in attendance here. I haven’t seen any of his films until this one and…. I didn’t like it.
I’ve heard fantastic things about his other films, but this film felt like a student film full of oddities put into a blender to create something off-putting for the sake of being off-putting. Was it original? Absolutely. But I left the theater simply thinking “Not for me, for someone, but not me”