Critic Consensus: The Young Pope's original premise and stylish blend of over-the-top melodrama with profane comedy helps overcome an occasionally muddled plot.
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as Lenny Belardo/Pope Pius XIII
as Sister Mary
as Cardinal Michael Spencer
as Cardinal Voiello
as Cardinal Dussolier
as Cardinal Gutierrez
as Cardinal Caltanissetta
as Archbishop Kurtwell
as Father Tomasso
as Sister Antonia
as Prime Minister of Greenland
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It's slow and languid and there is great beauty in its sometimes slow-motion camerawork which seems to glide through this unknown world, one where a one-handed nun can be victorious in an early-morning game of football among the dewy grass.
The series' appeal has everything to do with watching this outsider come crashing through an ossified system like a wrecking ball, refusing to follow the rules or set aside any personal pettiness, declaring war on anyone who defies him.
It's gorgeous, disturbing, weird, slow to reveal information and short on explanations. But talk about one heck of a Vatican-inspired fashion show.
Shot in Italy, The Young Pope is always beautiful and often fascinating. It offends as often as it intrigues, and then it turns poignant.
I did NOT expect this to be the kind of show I enjoyed. Especially because it seemed too close to home.
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