Rinzy Reviews ‘The Two Popes’ (2019)

Release Date: December 20 (Netflix)

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, et al.


I am no stranger to Anthony Hopkins’ incredible acting talents, but it’s never enough not to reiterate how good he is. His performance as Pope Benedict XVI is very believable and incredibly done.

Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins are two living legends in Hollywood, some of the finest still left from their generation; Director Fernando Meirelles couldn’t have selected a better cast to help bring his characters to life.

What Netflix has done with ‘The Two Popes‘ is awesome. Standing out is how the movie shines a light into how the papacy works for those of us who don’t know. It also talks about humanity and the many ways we, as humans, can do things differently for better results.

  • What happens when a Pope dies?
  • How’s a new one chosen and unveiled?
  • Is the pope incorruptible?
  • What are some of the things that go on in the head of a sitting Pope?

As a non-Catholic, I didn’t know the answer to many of these questions prior to watching this movie, but thanks to its remarkable writing and pacing I now do.

At its core, ‘The Two Popes‘ is a movie about friendship, grace, and humanity. It talks and basis in the existence of God’s grace without actually shoving it in your face. It’s a good movie.

PS: There’s a whole lot of dialogue in this movie, so don’t go in hoping to see some action; it doesn’t exist.


Directed by: Fernando Meirelles

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5