The Two Popes (2019)


“Perhaps we’ll find God over there, on the journey, I’ll introduce you to Him.” – Pope Benedict

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Dec 2019)

Brief Synopsis – During the troublesome days of the Papacy of Benedict XVI, he summons a South American Bishop to meet with him to discuss both of their futures.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for quite some time and was glad to finally get the chance.

The story is told really well and the two lead performances by Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins help make this so engaging to watch.

The story is in general one that anyone aware of current events over the past decade would be familiar with but the beauty of the way that this film depicts things is how they tell things to the viewer as if they are filling in the middle pieces of a puzzle where the border has already been done.

Both Hopkins and Pryce are superb here and they are each very deserving of all of the accolades that they have garnered for their work in this film

The film relies heavily on its dialogue and they manage to make things so enjoyable to watch unfold solely via the various conversations of these two characters.

This enhances the story so much since it allows for us to learn about the very blatant differences between these two great men and how they each try to find common ground with the other through these discussions on so many varied subjects.

The themes touched upon in this film are quite poignant and helps make a story that could have been so boring to watch fascinating because it allows us to learn so much about these men and see how similar they truly are despite the differences between them and their ideals.

Bottom Line – Great story that is accentuated by two amazing performances by Hopkins and Pryce.  Despite the fact that anyone familiar with current events over the past decade are aware of the outcome of this story, but the beauty is watching how it plays out since they allow the viewer to see how the various pieces of the puzzle fit together. Both of these actors give very powerful performances here and they both are quite deserving of all of the accolades that they have received for their work here.  The dialogue is superbly written and helps enhance the story so much because we get a very clear picture of who both of these men are and how even with their blatant differences, they both know how important it is that they find common ground with one another. The various subjects of their conversations constantly evolve over the course of the story yet they manage to touch upon so many interesting themes along the way. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jonathan Pryce commented on his physical resemblance to Pope Francis at the Toronto International Film Festival: “The day Pope Francis was declared Pope, the Internet was full of images of me and him, and ‘Is Jonathan Pryce the Pope?’ Even my son texted me, ‘Dad are you the Pope?'” (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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