At the center stands the German boy Jojo who is a member of Hitlerjugend and has the Führer himself as a song mate. When Jojo discovers that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in the apartment, he has to rethink his worldview.
Thus laid out for a note-learning lesson about how closeness and knowledge kill prejudice, which it is, but it is more than that.
Not least, it is a comedy that has created easier controversy. Jojo Rabbit has won many audience awards since the premiere at the Toronto festival, but at the same time has received a lot of criticism for how the film makes the Nazis harmless customers, thus leading their crimes against humanity.
Which is a bit of a hard read by a rosy comedy like Jojo Rabbit - who can be said to join an old good comedy tradition of crocheting evil. I mean, that sequence where it is cured 31 times in one minute, to show the Nazis' silly choreography, could be written by the Marx brothers.
But of course, mocking Hitler and his minions today is just as risky as trampling on a dead snake, but you can also read other contemporary despots and their minions.
Or why not all the haters on our social media? Under the thick cover of slapstick and deadpan humor, a story about fake news and Orthodox conformism is ruining. About what a sick society that prejudices create, if you let them be kept and grow. Okay, the right banal thoughts, and the satire is not straightforward. Rather flamboyant, on the border of infantile.
Still, it's entertaining. And the heart is huge.
As often with filmmaker and actor Taika Waititi.
His greatest international merit is that he played a supporting role in, and directed, the Marvel adventure Thor: Ragnarök, which also held the gossip high. At home in New Zealand, he is probably better known for his past efforts - not least when What we do in the shadows, a fake documentary about the vampires' tricky everyday life.
In the Jojo rabbit, he himself makes Jojo's songwriter friend Hitler, and gives the dictator a slightly silly revelation. When asked why he chose that role for himself, he replied that it was the ultimate humiliation of the racist Adolf Hitler, that he was played by a man of Moorish and Jewish burden.
Always worthy Scarlett Johansson does the mother, while another favorite, Stephen Merchant (from blah Extras) makes a neurotic SS man, but best of all is the protagonist Roman Griffin Davis, who they usually say is "a bargain". His vibrant and impressively elastic face engages in the midst of the pleasures, giving the sprawling Jojo Rabbit a big-eyed seriousness that allows him and the film to be taken seriously.
And the final scene. Brilliant! Should lie on repeat on all our screens through the dark season. So well timed and right. Not grand, maybe not even completely consistent, but so ... perfect. Thanks in large part to the soundtrack that plays one of rock history's most important songs, in German version. Anachronistic and anarchist in all its world-used goodness.