From Jojo the Rabbit to Belfast, humor and satire lighten up

The fact that cinema is one of the most effective mass media and arts is hidden in its wide range of genres and methods. From horror to comedy, from documentary to melodrama, the existing diversity is expanding with technology and new methods. The most common way is to use multiple types together.

This is a situation that we often see in recent Hollywood movies. In particular, using comedy and drama together can be more effective in achieving the goal. We can say that it is similar to the satirical approach of our ancient tradition. Not as much as melodrama…


Belfast is one of the most ambitious productions to receive nominations for the 2022 Oscars. The film successfully uses the transitivity of the genres we are talking about. Like Jojo the Rabbit, which was filmed in Hollywood again recently… We must take a closer look at these two films, their method and above all how the dramatic heaviness of the story is softened by the children.

Let’s start with Belfast…Director Kenneth Branagh…focuses on a family in the midst of sectarian conflict in 1960s Northern Ireland. Highlighting the youngest of the family, Buddy (Jude Hill), observing and interpreting the environment in which he lives, the film satirizes an environment of faith-based conflict. He stays in the circle where Buddy is, without getting too close to the conflict, the bloodshed and the deaths, and he adapts the language of the film, of its camera to its colors, to this circle. While only present-day Belfast is seen at the entrance to the film, which is predominantly black and white, the stage and screen are seen to be colorful in the theater and cinema within Of the history. In particular, it is emphasized that the effect of the child on the spiritual world and art in general brings people together and unifies. Although there seems to be some confusion or absence in the film’s technical approach, as a result, a production has emerged that can keep its target audience from child to parent.

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On the other hand, Jojo the Rabbit, a similar film from recent years, chronicles the war environment through the eyes of a child in Germany during the Holocaust. In the film directed by Taika Waititi, the male character Jojo’s best friend is Hitler. Yes, he is a fictional character. And with an absurd approach, the most problematic and bloody period in recent history is satirized through the eyes of a child. Think about it, a boy whose imaginary friend is Hitler… This is where the power of the art of cinema comes in. Bringing together different genres, using the effect of visual language, and injecting the to express without revealing it is an approach that bears fruit. For half a century, Holocaust film has been made and is being made relentlessly. This time a new method is tried. Things described as pain are staged with humour.


Belfast and Jojo the Rabbit have in common that they can satirize their tough subjects from a child’s point of view. Although the dose of comedy in Belfast is low, it’s safe to say that both films use the emotional tools well, getting their message across by making them appealing without irritating. These two films show that even the most serious issues can be satirized, not to lighten it up, but rather to broaden the target audience and get the message out to more people. It is clear that comedy and melodrama alone do not diminish seriousness. It also reveals the importance of transitional productions and essays between genres.


It is necessary to create examples of this image, which has not been tried much in Turkish cinema. This area of ​​production, a time tried by Çağan Irmak (Princess Sleep), Ezel Akay (Who Killed Karagöz Hacivat) and Onur Ünlü, should actually be manipulated into the heart of the Gen Z phenomenon. are constantly changing, there should be diversity in film production. Just as the once objectionable musical films and bohemian productions have become a trend in our cinema, the time has already passed for short-lived satirical productions.

Why not deal with serious issues in recent history with humorous satire? How about the postmodern hit of February 28 with an approach like Rabbit Jojo? Why shouldn’t the Belfast method be in a film about the murder of Yasin Börü? Doing this will make things lighter? No! The drama is already done. The important thing is to encourage these new approaches.

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