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It would have been much better as a straightforward drama
My rating: 6.0/10
My opinion on the film:
The uneven, silly, and unconvincing comedic intentions behind Nanni Moretti's Habemus Papam contrasted heavily, and not in a positive light, with the film's absorbing and meditative dramatic side. The movie's first half was for the most part splendid, being the highlight Michel Piccoli's touching performance as the newly elected runaway Pope, which remained until the end plain and simple the film's single strongest aspect.
The second half contained, among other details, an unnecessary and overly long subplot concerning a volleyball tournament in The Vatican involving the Cardinals as the players, which was out-of- place and a very lame idea in the first place. Had it been funny, I would have had no problem with that, but it wasn't.
However, when the story focused on the troubled mind of the Pope it was very interesting and captivating. This makes me think that the film would have been much better as a straightforward drama. Finally, it's important to mention the powerful and exceptionally executed final scene.
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