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Taika Waititi Being A Weirdly Funny Kiwi Hitler In Jojo Rabbit Will Confuse The Hell Out Of You

It's like Taika Waititi wanted to do his take on a Wes Anderson movie and this is what we got.

Here’s a question that you’ve probably been wondering but haven’t said out loud: what would Adolf Hitler be like if he were played by Taika Waititi?

Well we have our answer in the form of the first trailer of Jojo Rabbit and it’s, well, enjoyably yet confusing to put it simply.

I need help reacting to this.

The satirical film is set in WWII and tells the story of a lonely German boy, Jojo Rabbit (Roman Griffin Davis), who is struggling to deal with bullies, puberty and the revelation that his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. That is a lot to take in for a young lad so he conjures up an imaginary version of Hitler (played by Taika) to aid him on his journey.

Based on the trailer, Jojo Rabbit looks to be quite the entertaining yet confusing ride. It looks and feels like a whimsical coming of age story taken straight out of the Wes Anderson filmmaking handbook that happens to involve Hitler.

But it’s Taika’s take on the dictator that’ll make your mind do backflips, On one hand he’s made the character into a goofy, comedic presence who has a Kiwi accent and bears no resemblance to the actual man himself. On the other hand this is, well, Hitler we’re talking about and so it’s tough to associate nice things about the guy.

Then again, this is what satire and comedy is for and Taika is more than qualified on that front.

You can only imagine the hoops Taika had to jump through just to get the suits to listen to this bizarre pitch, let alone actually giving him money to make it.

If Taika can pull this off when Jojo Rabbit drops on October 18 – and it definitely looks like he did – then give him the keys to all the Akiras, Thors and whatever he the hell he wants to do from now on.

Harry Potter Will Legit Determine Whether You're A Good Or Bad Person

Science says there's no Hogwarts mystery behind how Harry Potter determines whether you're a muggle or wizard.

There’s a lot of people who like the Harry Potter series and there are a lot of people who absolutely hate it. It’s just what happens when something is arguably the biggest pop-culture phenomenon to wander along in recent memory.

It’s perfectly fine to like or not like something, we all have different tastes in stuff after all. But if you ever needed any reason to suddenly get into all things Harry Potter and Hogwarts, here’s a really good one: you’re likely a good person if you like the books.

Must. Like. Harry. Potter.

According to a study, fans who feel warmly towards Harry and his group of buddies are less likely to be intolerant towards minorities.

The three-part study involved surveying three different groups of readers – primary school children, high school students, and uni students – before and after they read parts of Harry Potter that were related to prejudice towards stigmatised groups (like when Draco called Hermione a mudblood).

The results showed that those who were surveyed developed greater empathy towards prejudiced groups by living vicariously through Harry’s “positive attitudes and behaviours” to minority communities.

If by magic you mean respect and equality then yes, I too love magic.

When you think about it, this conclusion makes sense. Through Harry’s difficult upbringing, his underdog status and his relationships with society’s underdogs, like the Weasleys and “mudbloods”, or the ostracised, like Hagrid and Neville, children are taught about treating everyone with respect.

Furthermore, the series shines a negative light on racism and prejudice through the characterisation of Voldemort as an evil being who strives to ostracise anyone else who isn’t a pure-blooded witch or wizard. So while you were getting all hung up over horocruxes and whether Draco was in love with Harry, you were also getting a crash course on tolerance and equality.

No magic to be found here, just some important lessons about being a good person and some data-driven science.

You know Jesse’s likely a Harry Potter fan while Walt definitely isn’t.

That’s not to say that you’re a bad person if you don’t like Harry Potter. You can be a perfectly good human being and still hate The Boy Who Lived. But it’s nice to know that science says being a Potterhead means you’re likely to be a brave Gryffindor, loyal Hufflepuff or genius Ravenclaw than an evil Slytherin.

Avengers: Endgame Has Finally Beaten Avatar At The Box Office, But The Future Of Film Looks Grim

Wonder what James Cameron has up his sleeve in response to the loss of his crown.

After some doubts over whether Avengers: Endgame could topple Avatar at the box office, it seems like Marvel’s hastily cobbled together Endgame re-release has managed to finally push the film over the finish line.

That’s right, Captain America’s arse has beaten the blue people of Pandora for the crown of highest-grossing film of all time.

According to estimates from Deadline, Endgame has managed to squeak past Avatar‘s tally of $2.789 billion. Where it will end up remains to be seen but the folks at Marvel probably don’t care at this point. They’ve taken down the king of the world and that’s really all that matters.

Sorry, James Cameron.

Endgame‘s achievement is no small feat – Avatar had held the all-time box office champ title for nearly decade – and it gives us an insightful look into where the film industry is going.

And folks, the future doesn’t look too bright.

Of the top 50 highest-grossing films of all time, a whopping 46 are either sequels, adaptations or based on existing properties. The only four “original” films sprinkled across this list are Avatar, Titanic, Zootopia, and the original Lion King. In fact, the top 10 highest-grossing films in 2019 are all remakes, sequels or adaptations of some kind.

There’s a worrying lack of creativity and original stories coming out of thee top end of Hollywood and it doesn’t look like that pattern will change any time soon. With sequels, adaptations, and remakes raking in the big bucks, there’s even less incentive for studios to bankroll big-budget originals like what they used to do decades ago.

Well, it definitely feels like it’s been 84 years.

This doesn’t mean that Hollywood is completely devoid of creativity though as we’ve had some brilliant original films, like Parasite, still making headlines in 2019.

Those moments are getting rarer though as Hollywood’s model of pumping out rehashed material means that more original content is being forced into the independent and streaming scene where there’s considerably less buzz and eyeballs.

Then again, there’s no real business reason for Hollywood to change its current formula. If millions of folks are still keen to watch The Last Of The Fate Of The Furious Episode XII: The Endgame Awakens, why mess with something that’s working?

Maybe Hollywood will become a complete sequel machine and platforms like Netflix will be the go-to places for originals. Or maybe original content will make a comeback at the box office and comic book film adaptations finally stop being cool. Who knows what will happen in the future.

Let’s just see what James Cameron has up his sleeve to topple Endgame after he’s done with his 23 sequels to Avatar.

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