2 POPES – 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.
Q-tips say: See it if you must. Found it slow, mumbling, and like the church, avoids the meat of the issues & change. When it comes time to get to the darker material it cannot find a way to properly handle them, a fumble that will no doubt enrage those looking for a more serious inquiry of the recent history of the Catholic Church. When addressing the issues of present day, they cut out some of the conversation.