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It wasn't the worst movie of all time. When you choose to adopt the name of a popular franchise, you run the risk of disappointing those fans. That risk came to be in this particular case. There were tons of special effects, a vaguely Egyptian Mummy story-line, and some bigger stars, I don't think the film really lands. Choosing Tom Cruise was also a mistake, IMHO.
Melissa McCarthy delivers, once again, with a heart warming but also hilarious performance. More than once, I was laughing out loud, especially with Maya Rudolph added to the cast.
I am not someone who views Pope Benedict XVI with great sympathy, but Anthony Hopkins delivers a performance that humanizes a historical character that otherwise seems to lack humanity. The film is brilliant, honestly tackling historical and contemporary issues around the lives of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis in a way that I have not seen before. Anthony Hopkins deserves Oscar consideration for this one. He is a phenomenal actor.
I would recommend doing some reading on Florence Foster Jenkins before trying on the movie. This is a most obscure personality from the WW2 era. Overall, the film was interesting but I am not sure it rang true. Meryl did a phenomenal job capturing the emotion of Florence's journey but I'm not sure I buy that this version of Florence's life is accurate. I suspect she was "in on the joke", based on everything I have read.
This film wasn't what I expected. A very serious topic was examined with a darkly humourous approach. As always, Meryl Streep delivers in playing three characters, including herself. I would certainly recommend it, though I do see why it ended up on Netflix and not in theaters.