I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.
Preston Barta // Features Editor
Opening this weekend is the “anti-hate war satire” Jojo Rabbit, written and directed by Taika Waititi (Thor Ragnarok, What We Do in the Shadows).
The film follows a young German boy (newcomer Roman Griffin Davis) in Hitler’s army who finds out his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their home. It’s exactly the kind of absurdist humor that generally accompanies Waititi’s films, but here (like his last film, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople) there is also an incredible amount of heart. While it doesn’t shy away from the reality of the time period, it does manage to present a view that families can experience together and learn from.
Fresh Fiction film critic Preston Barta recently sat down with actor Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace and Edgar Wright’s upcoming film Last Night in Soho) to talk about Jojo Rabbit. In the below video, we discuss the film’s accessible approach to history and what audiences can learn from this new vision of the past.
JOJO RABBIT opens nationwide on Friday, November 1.