Logan’s review published on Letterboxd:
I honestly wish I was just watching the show about the detective dog
The Two Popes a is revolutionary film, because it's has not one, but TWO Popes. Double the Popes, double the fun! Quite literally, because if it weren't for the dynamic between Hopkins and Pryce, this film would be pretty bad.
Hopkins and Pryce do a pretty good job here. They add a lot to their characters, their dynamic is fun, they add humanity to their roles which plays into the message of the film, that even The Pope is still a human being and isn't infallible.
But the rest of the film is a bit hmmmm
Sometimes the film looks ok, sometimes, it is UGLY looking. It's shot a lot in handheld close ups with really weird crash zooms and the colour grading gives it this really sickly look. It's a decision I don't get at all and I think doesn't work in the slightest.
There's also a bunch of annoying sound design, there's a scene with insect sounds in the ambience and they get really loud and annoying. I couldn't tell if it was intentional, either way it was annoyingly obvious.
The script is fine. Not best screenplay of the year levels, like it's being hyped up as by awards ceremonies. I think most of it is carried by these two performances, but there's some lines in here that feel awkwardly placed and written.
There's several extended flashback sequences and they drag on for an awfully long time and it throws the pacing off quite a bit.
I just think this was completely fine. It's not terrible, but it's just deeply okay. I really don't want it to get major nominations but I feel like it will, which sucks, but thats how awards season goes I guess