The Two Popes: A Movie Of Complex Characters Who Channel Progressive, Conservative Perspectives To Life

The Oasis Reporters

December 28, 2019

Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce.

There’s a new movie to watch on Netflix, a searingly honest movie about the study of two complex characters who channel progressive and conservative perspectives to various issues of life and its challenges.

Frustrated with the direction of the church and behind the Vatican walls, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) who had emerged as Pope Benedict, requests permission to retire in 2012. He and the future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.

The Two Popes is a 2019 biographical drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles and written by Anthony McCarten. It was adapted from McCarten’s 2017 play, The Pope. It stars Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (later Pope Francis).

It is about Two Popes.

Here’s a brief clip:

Benedict: You openly give sacraments to those who are out of communion — to the divorced, for instance.

Bergoglio: I believe that giving communion is not a reward for the virtuous, it is food for the starving.

Dr. Jekwu Ozoemene, a continental banking personality with a keen eye on global arts. He viewed the movie and drops his take:

“Any journey, no matter how glorious, can start with a mistake”.

The title of the movie, “The Two Popes” struck me as drab and uninteresting, till I received two recommendations in the space of 48 hours.

I have often said that morality is a snapshot of the way a people have chosen to live at a point in time. In this movie, Anthony Hopkins (playing Pope Benedict XVI) and Jonathan Pryce (as the future Pope Francis) take us on a visually splendid cinematic journey that interrogates the way the Catholic Church chose to live it’s faith in the past and the path to live the faith going into the future.

This biopic answers the question, “does / should / can the Church change?”

At least now I know that the Church said nothing about angels until the fifth century “and suddenly (now) angels are everywhere, like pigeons”.

This is one of those movies that comes along once in a while.

Beautiful and soul searching.

There were other takes before The Oasis Reporters chose to recommend it for general viewership:

Hear one: Can life be lived in simple terms ?
The viewer with the comment above saw the production of the movie as “delicate and brilliant … the church is both a human and divine institution and the promise of Christ remains…. “the gates of hell cannot prevail against God’s church”

Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce to be in the same movie? That must be a blockbuster, and it recommends itself.

Many thanks to Dr. Jekwu Ozoemene .

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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