My Thoughts on Jojo Rabbit

I have never found a movie which could make me laugh at one moment and cry the next with the click of a pistol before Jojo Rabbit.  This incredible film follows 10-year-old Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) in Nazi Germany towards the end of World War Two who lives with his Mother – Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) who is helping to hide a Jew – Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie) from the clutches of the concentration camps.  Riddled with dark comedy and Hitler being an imaginary friend, I strongly recommend the watch.

The cast is incredible.  It includes the talents of well-known actors such as Rebel Wilson, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Stephen Merchant and Taika Waititi (who also directed, produced and wrote the screenplay for this amazing film).  But also introducing emerging actors such as Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie and Archie Yates who are possibly the most talented actors and actresses I’ve ever seen.  Roman Griffin Davis perfectly portrays an innocent German boy who is simply swept up in all the Nazi Propaganda but also is a truly funny, sweet boy who just longs to be Hitler’s best friend.  Thomasin McKenzie represents a feisty girl named Elsa who tries not to show her true fear of being taken away by the Nazis.

The film raised awareness of what so many of the history books fail to mention.  It shows a far more humane side to Germany during World War Two:  the few who longed for the war to be over and those who simply longed for the war to be over so they could go back to their loved ones.  The few who put their lives on the line to protect others.  It showed how even though some Germans were Nazis through and through, not all Germans’ are bad – an important message to today’s society.

The one issue I have with this film is the rating.  Of course, this is not the film’s fault as it was the BBFC who rated the film but there are honestly no other negatives.  This film is rated a 12A, but I think it should be rated a 12, at least.  This is due to the fact that there are some scenes which are extremely upsetting and very violent and could distress younger viewers.

Other than that tiny, miniscule issue, I really recommend this film as it is definitely worth the watch.  There is no wonder it’s been nominated for so many awards and I can say, hand on heart, that this film deserves to win every single one.

Nominated Awards – Wikipedia

My Thoughts On Wicked the Musical

Wicked Musical Poster

If you don’t know me, I am a massive musical nerd.  I love musicals – particularly Book of Mormon, Heather’s, Mean Girls the Musical, Kinky Boots and Six to name a few!  So, when I learnt there was going to be a school trip to see Wicked, I lost my mind.  Going to see a musical in the West End with my best friends?  Sign me up!  It was an amazing adventure and I’m here to tell you all about it!

As it was an evening performance, we got to travel to London in the evening.  This may not sound important but remember that it was December that we went which meant Christmas lights!  The drive up there alone was an experience, it was all so gorgeous!  I managed to take a few photos as we drove past so it’s not the best quality, but I think they are still pretty cool:

When we got to the theatre, I found that firstly: the theatre itself was gorgeous – both inside and outside, and that secondly: the seats we had were amazing.  Honestly, we were seven or eight rows away from the stage so we could see everything so clearly and it was incredible to see all the actors and actresses up close, all the facial expressions you would otherwise miss were all there and they bought the whole musical alive.  I was also lucky enough to sit next to my own Elphaba to my Glinda which was so much fun – it was a bonding experience to say the least!

As soon as the first act began, I was instantly drawn in.  The fanfare, the music, the message, it was all so scary but in such a mesmerising way.  The set and scenery are both so amazing and it looks so realistic.  The way Glinda has her bubbles as she floats down to meet the people of Oz, looked stunning and her costume was so delicately put together, it was so stunning, so sparkly, so pretty, so painfully Glinda the Good Witch.  Even the costumes for the citizens of Oz were amazing.  They were all so quirky and different but made them look so unified.  When Elphaba and Glinda meet each other for the first time, the chemistry was so incredible, you really couldn’t help but believe everything that came out of their mouth!

The soundtrack is everything it’s hyped up to be and more!  It honestly doesn’t surprise me that it’s been nominated for so many awards for purely the song writing, what does surprise me is that it’s not won all of them!  Each word that leaves the characters lips is so perfectly suited to them, it’s all so cleverly put together!

I must say, before going to watch it, I was worried the actress who played Elphaba would not live up to Idina Menzel’s high standards (if any non-musical nerds are reading this, it’s the person who voiced Elsa in Frozen and she was the original Elphaba).  But oh, my Oz, she came through!!  Nikki Bentley is honestly so talented and her take on Elphaba was amazing and you couldn’t help but hang onto her every word.  Glinda – played by Helen Woolf gave me such strong Elle Woods Legally Blonde vibes and I loved it.  All the characters were so well cast to be fair – they all lived up to my original expectations and then took them further.

All in all, it was amazing, and I highly recommend you go watch it if you can.  There were so many plot twists and cliff hangers and I was obsessed. 

Our Tickets!!

Thank you for reading – it means a lot!  Also, I may not be posting for a while because mocks are in January so sorry about that!  But once they’re done, everything will go back to normal programming!

xo baby, Tati xoxo

PS – On the way back home I was eating Haribo because I love Haribo.  One of the jelly babies I was eating was just so chubby and I loved it so I took a photo of it just so I could post it here.  So, here’s my jelly baby I got emotionally attached to:

It’s just so chubby!

My Thoughts On Joker

Joker is the box office hit which shows you the arch nemesis of Batman in a whole new light.  It stars Joaquin Phoenix and delves into the psychological mindset of Joker himself and tackles many controversial issues such as: mental health, gun violence and rioting to name a mere few.  Overall, the film is incredibly well made and doesn’t glamourize any of the issues thrown at them which is a lot less that I can say for similar films.  It was extremely cleverly constructed, had just the right amount of tension and plot twists.  Phoenix was perfectly cast to play the clinically insane Joker and by the end it left me begging for more.

As a pre-warning for anyone wishing to watch the film, there’s an extremely large amount of violence shown in graphic detail, and if you are not a fan of blood, guts and gore at all; this may not be the film for you.

This film also homes into gun violence like never before, not glamourizing it but instead making a poignant statement over what’s currently happening in America.  The representation of Joker’s mental illnesses was perfectly portrayed and left me questioning reality.  I found it fascinating to watch how his psychological trauma played out, especially without the support he needed.  A constant theme is that of anarchy and chaos within the social classes and that was extremely interesting to watch what with everything that is currently going on in the world.

I have next to no criticism of this movie except for one fateful mistake the creators made.  As you may already be aware, Gary Glitter – an evil man convicted of many sexual assault and rape claims, possessing child pornography and underage sex – has produced a large amount of the soundtrack.  He’s getting paid highly for this – even behind bars and he’s getting more popular by the minute.

Overall, the movie is a total work of art and I cannot stress enough that you should watch it.  It tackles so many controversial issues with such maturity and it really gets the points it wished to tackle across.  As soon as they decide to remove Gary Glitter from the music, it’ll be absolutely stunning, and I’ll have nothing but praise for it.

This was very different to what I normally write about but I enjoy it and I hope you do too!  Tell me if there are any other movies you want me to talk about and review.  I love you all,

xo baby, Tati xoxo