Perhaps because I am an old guy I enjoyed “The Two Popes”, a movie that features two old guys talking to each other with no violence, no beautiful women, and no intergalactic space ships. What the movie does offer is superb actors, excellent writing and directing, and magnificent sets.

To obtain the best images, the famous Sistine Chapel was rebuilt in a lot in Rome. Scenes of the popes speaking from the balcony to throngs of people in the Vatican Square are a digital creation, not the real thing. The movie features very good photography, appropriate music, and some interesting historical and theological questions.

“The Two Popes” is based on the events leading to the  February 28, 2013 resignation of 86 year old Pope Benedict XVI – ,previously the German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. Benedict is played by Anthony Hopkins, the evil Hannibal Lecter in the 1991 Oscar winning movie  “Silence of the Lambs”.

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