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"The New Pope" has a lot to say about the church's role in the modern world, its significance to socio-political events, and what's expected of its leaders - and it says it with a sharpened edge.
It can also veer into indulgence, sometimes seeming to shock for shock's sake. Prepare yourself for those moments... but do not let them stop you from gobbling up every strange, sad, sexy, unsettling second of this series.
Unlike season one, whose story seemed to lurch along as if truggling to find its way, season two's narrative unspools steadily - if slowly, at times - and arrives upon a conclusion that feels resolute and satisfying. And -- happily, crucially -- weird.
For the most part the series is as delicious as it was before... The true anchor of the series, it's now clear, is not any particular pope-star but rather Sorrentino's strange artistic vision.
Sorrentino's stylish mash-up of Holy See intrigue, rock music, neon lights and Roman splendour combines to create a singular work: there's simply nothing like it.
An orgy of power, lust and poetic justice, Paolo Sorrentino's theatrical masterpiece is Madonna's Like a Prayer times a thousand.
Law seems to be having much more fun with his character. It is likely that fans of The Young Pope will not be disappointed.
The second season is less stimulating, but the brilliant bursts of the provocative and creative artist that is Sorrentino make the new season a valuable and gratifying experience. [Full Review in Spanish]
Sorrentino's shows are about the limits to our perceived freedoms and the hindrances to understanding life's baffling mysteries.
Beyond the neon and nudity, there's an interesting examination of the Vatican's spiritual, moral and ethical shortcomings waiting for you.
The New Pope, despite the more somber and mournful tone, is still exhilarating.
Audience Reviews for The New Pope: Season 1
Jan 02, 2021a wonderful whirlwind of a show. loved it.
Oct 06, 2020It's a great sequel of the first one. John Malkovich is incredible and able to create a character just as interesting as Jude Law's Lenny Belardo (which was a nearly impossible task). At the end (spoiler alert) there is not a real catharsis, and maybe that is what the director kind of wanted, but since the ending is very similar to the first one I would have preferred a different one. But it's fine anyway.
Sep 13, 2020The New Pope is an HBO series that is the continuation of the previous series The Young Pope that stared Jude Law as the pious that lies in a coma and the Catholic Church is in crisis. Vatican votes to add an outsider to be the head of the church and decide on John Malkovich as Pope John Paul III. Great cast, beautiful sceneries, good script and wonderful pope like speeches delivered by Malkovich. Loved the music, the essence that religion isn't perfect but love is. Without love life is shit and fulls of holes. When the Young Pope awakens, John Paul retires into obscurity. Overall good series, loved the music most of all.
Aug 13, 2020Such a smart and interesting show, does well top avoid the predictable cliche's and offers something for everyone.
Jun 30, 2020After my first experience with Sorrentino in The Young Pope and feeling an almost addictive like pull towards his aesthetic and style during that season I wasn't surprised The New Pope delivered as well. Stylistically this show maybe one of my all time favorites as the score, use of color, and overall tone evokes such strong emotional responses from me, despite the fact that I wouldn't argue with anyone who called the plot action convoluted or over the top. At times absurdly humorous and other times deeply personal and serious, I appreciate shows that are hard to put a genre label on. This season kept reminding me of Twin Peaks which, as another favorite of mine, is a huge compliment and also has an almost soap opera-esque feel, that I am definitely drawn to. I will absolutely be looking for more from Sorrentino in the future.
May 17, 2020"We are all Miserable wretches whom God brought together to form a glorious church" Without Lenny as the main character, the show has lost meaning even if it has dug deeper into church's role in the modern world, its significance to socio-political events and the enigma not of the boss but of the entire organization. Maybe too luscious and ambitious, this time. And I'm not a big fan of symmetrical shot and exaggerated overview of a decaying society, but it's impossible not to appreciate the huge work of Sorrentino. I really appreciated the musics and I loved every single intro. Great interpretation of Jude Law, John Malkovich and obviously Silvio Orlando.
May 02, 2020Malcovich is the best Hamlet madure ever play! But a Borgia would sleep whit the france lady before accept! And Boiello caro maestro, knows..."de altri diluvi una colomba ascolta..."
Apr 23, 2020Jude and John...*swooon* a fantastical reimagining of catholicism thats ripe with wisdom, perspective and surrealism.
Apr 14, 2020Really I am supposed to consider this art when the opening scene is a nun washing the Pope, Christ-like with a sponge, and rolls over into a masturbation scene? And the good nuns jumped out of their vows of chastity to become a chorus line of cheap Vegas entertainers? The manipulations of lies continues into the selection of a Pope. This is blasphemy. I am a C and E Catholic but if this was any other religion say Judaism, or Muslims, there would be ugly protests. I think I will not indulge in this evil fantasy of an abused Catholic school boy who vowed revenge.
Apr 12, 2020Gads.... What a MESS..... ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz...........