mason 🌹’s review published on Letterboxd:
Sin is a wound, not a stain.
Wow. This movie is terrific.
Despite being a borderline hater of organized religion, I always seem to gravitate towards art that addresses faith. My favorite band, U2, is for all intents and purposes a christian rock band so despite my best efforts to push it away, spirituality comes and finds me.
The Two Popes is unexpectedly about that struggle. Who God chooses to speak to or not, and what he says to those who hear him, is the central conflict here.
Benedict was elected as the safe tradition bearer that would guide the church through rough waters. His successor, rather his ‘correction,’ is much more liberal and in many ways an enemy of tradition.
The discussions they have, which expose their differing views, should play like a heavyweight fight. But instead the conversations are measured and filled with humor. Rage is a young man’s outlet, and not befit for people who truly think and feel that infinity is real.
The popes are played masterfully by Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins, which could go unsaid but shouldn’t. The film is theirs and theirs alone. The only thing I can say bad about this is there are too many flashbacks. Which is really a positive because those are the only scenes without them in it.
Also it should be said that this movie is actually quite funny, and endeared itself to me fully when Pryce whistled and Hopkins watched his favorite TV show. You’ll know what I’m talking about if you see it. Please do see it.