The Two Popes

The Two Popes ★½

YIKES.

Incredibly overdirected and intellectually dishonest, this shows absolutely no faith in its actors to carry a dialogue scene... The film's screenplay is exceptionally lazy, prompting its extended flashbacks with characters saying things like, "Well, it says in your file...".

It's also packed with dopey humor for the rubes, encouraging you you to love these dudes because they eat pizza, watch bad cop shows, or (as they do in the end credits) watch the World Cup together.

Of course the crowd ate it up, as crowds usually do when confronted with propaganda...