Stylish, Stylised, Hit-and-Miss Papal Fantasy by a massively over-rated Italian director
- The New Pope review by PV
This series is occasionally enjoyable but often very irritating indeed. I suspect this director's style fits the southern Catholic Italian sensibility more than the northern Anglo-Saxon one. I suspect Catholics who care so much who the pope is will find this more interesting than I do. I have no idea why he won the Cannes from with THE GREAT BEAUTY - awful, pretentious movie.
The director's tendency to keep trying to make pop videos grates, as does his stereotypical nonsense about British food being awful (It isn';t and in Italian restaurants here you can get anything anywhere, unlike in regional Italy) and British weather being always rainy. IN FACT, Rome gets more annual rainfall than London, YES, REALLY. Lazy, silly, Italian bigotry.
BUT there are some great scenes and actors - and nice to see Woburn Abbey on TV standing in for the stately home of the John Malkovich character. BUT ultimately it is all rather silly and pointless.
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