The Two Popes was a lot funnier than I expected it to be. That said,I didn’t find it as funny as the rest of the audience who sounded like they were dying of laughter.
I think The Two Popes is a sweet film but I felt it could have cut out many moments that, in my opinion, were boring. The script feels a bit disjointed in certain parts because of this. The script felt a bit basic overall.
Due to me getting only a few hours of sleep during the film festival, I did dose off a few times during this, because it just wasn’t doing it for me.
Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce were both great in their roles. They make the whole thing come together. This is Hopkins best performance in a long time.
I was a fan of the handheld camera effect in this, something some people weren’t a fan of. It gives it more of a mockumentary vibe and it suits the film nicely. I wish it utilised the mockumentary codes and conventions more, as I feel it may actually improve the quality of the film – but that’s just me.
Meirelles really made this movie enjoyable. It’s such an uninteresting topic, but he manages to actually make it interesting and entertaining.
The Two Popes is a delight. It doesn’t take itself too seriously but the pacing lets it down. Now, I’m off to get some Pizza and a Fanta because of this film.