- The Young Pope review by JB
I really wanted to like this series. I was hoping for an offbeat drama with sly humour, interesting characters and maybe even some insight into the conflict of the spiritual life struggling in a massive bureaucracy. Wrong on all counts. What little humour there was is puerile, the characters are all cardboard cutouts and, if there are any insights to be had, they somehow slipped by my awareness. How a young man who is a completely amoral narcissist came to be elected pope is never given any explanation, and the entire Vatican hierarchy is so hapless that one can not find any attempt at either a meaningful or genuinely satiric commentary. I hung on for the entire first episode hoping it would improve and start to develop into an engaging story. It didn't.
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- The Young Pope review by DJ
The Young Pope is not thrilling or highly gripping; it is slow and rich and beautifully composed (including some typical eclectic music choices). Sorrentino is a very individual director with his own style. It's great to see someone like him getting creative control of a big budget series. It's not meant to be an insight into the reality of the Vatican but more an exploration of how a certain way of thinking might work within the idea of the vatican. Not everybody's cup of tea but if you like his films you'll enjoy this.
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.
Finally a TV show I enjoy
- The Young Pope review by AS
Everybody raves about TV shows and I hated all of them, including the supposedly the best like The Wire (which I forced my self to watch the full first season), Treme and numerous others which I never watched past one or two episodes. This is finally something I genuinely enjoy. It's beautiful and I find the story truly intriguing. So the moral might be that if you hate everything else you might like this.
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.