Directed by Fernando Meirelles, The Two Popes is a fusion of drama and comedy that is set to be released on Netflix on November 27, 2019. It features a 2-man main powerhouse cast that includes Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce. Hopkins and Pryce play the role of two Pontiffs, Pope Benedictus XVI and Pope Francis respectively. The Oscar-nominated director of City of God, Meirelles, depicts the interesting juxtaposition between these two popes. Highlighting their ideologies and moral beliefs. With the eloquent exchange of dialogues in Spanish and Latin, the film gives an interesting flavor to the two different perspectives of the Catholic church.
Perhaps, when you first read (or heard) its title, you said to yourself, "Wait, is this a sequel to the drama series Young Pope? Or wait, is this the same as the upcoming HBO show The New Pope?" Well, the answer is a big NO. Does the name Fernando Meirelles ring a bell? Well, if it doesn't, probably the 2002 crime and drama film City of God does. Yet, if it still doesn't, this article will enlighten you up. The Two Popes directed by Meirelles himself is where drama, comedy, and religion collide. While everyone expects this film to be a depiction of merely the religious life of the two pontiffs, there is actually so much more.
When you are born and raised as a Catholic kid, more often than not, you know Pope Benedict XVI. Obviously, he's a pope. But he isn't just a pope! Did you know that he is also a licensed pilot? Yes, you read that right! What's more interesting is that he sometimes flies the papal helicopter to go to the summer residence. But then, he never learned to drive a car. Guess you can't have it all, can you? On the other hand, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, or more popularly known as Pope Francis (yes, the current head Pontiff), earned a master's degree in Chemistry! If that doesn't excite you, how about the fact that Pope Francis (@Pontifex) is also on Twitter? Yes, he regularly tweets to his 18.1 million followers! As for their upcoming movie, it is expected of the two brilliant popes to have an intelligent discussion as Cardinal Bergoglio initially wanted to retire from the religious post. Well, that's definitely not a spoiler, everyone. We all know Pope Benedict XVI retired earlier than he should and succeeded by Pope Francis himself. Anyway, catch the film and watch other Netflix Originals while waiting for The Two Popes. Yet, if you are into following someone's life, best documentary movies are also an option.
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