The Two Popes Gives Viewers a Different Look at Religion and The Role of Pope

The Two Popes Review

It doesn’t seem that long ago when Pope Francis took the highest seat in the Catholic Church. The story of how he came to the position of Pope and the unusual circumstances of it are now the topic of a biopic style film that will be hitting Netflix right before Christmas this year.

Mercy is the dynamite that knocks down walls

Father Bergoglio  

While the movie is focused mostly on the story of Pope Francis, it goes in parallel with the story of Pope Benedict and their unlikely friendship that started at one of the most turbulent in recent history for the Catholic Church. It starts with the election of Pope Benedict, and quickly covers the period of time while he filled the seat of Pope. It touches briefly on the public’s reaction to his term as Pope, including actual news clips talking about some of the scandals that happened during that time frame.

You think your sins disqualify you – but we’re all sinners

Pope Benedict 

No matter your stance on religion, or that of the Catholic Church, The Two Popes gives you an almost insiders look at the process of how Popes are elected and how they run the office.

Mixed between the beautiful architecture, art and traditions – the story of The Two Popes weaves the stories of these two men together and tells their individual pasts so that you understand the choices they made. It humanizes them, makes them more relatable and will intrigue the viewers through the whole movie.

Confession cleans the sinners soul, it doesn’t help the victim

Father Bergoglio  

Since the role of Pope is one that is worldwide, the film has multiple languages that are used throughout. Due to this, Netflix has subtitles throughout the film. The languages are multiple, and it may change from scene to scene, so keep that in mind as you tune into the movie. While subtitles aren’t everybody’s thing, they are required and needed to properly tell this story.

The Two Popes will be available on Netflix everywhere on December 20th. It’s already won awards, but will quickly win the approval of fans as well.


From Fernando Meirelles, the Academy Award-nominated director of “City of God,” and three-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten, comes an intimate story of one of the most dramatic transitions of power in the last 2,000 years. Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins). Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Catholic Church. Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between both tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world. (NETFLIX)

This film is rated PG-13.


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