We Have a Pope: movie review
'We Have a Pope' has an engaging premise but the story sags unaccountably in the second half.
Phlippe Antonello, Courtesy of 'We Have a Pope' press office/AP
Writer-director Nanni Morettiâ€™s â€śWe Have a Popeâ€ť begins with a marvelous premise: What would happen if a cardinal suddenly chosen as the next pope had a panic attack and refused to address the faithful in St. Peterâ€™s Square? Melville (an excellent Michel Piccoli), not being the front-runner, is caught so completely unawares that he goes into meltdown mode while the world waits â€“ and waits â€“ for the official announcement from the Vatican.
Moretti plays the unreligious psychiatrist brought in to help. The wonderful Polish actor Jerzy Stuhr plays the harried papal spokesman. Itâ€™s a marvelous movie until the halfway point, when it unaccountably devolves into silliness. Itâ€™s as if the film suffered its own panic attack. Grade: B (Unrated.)