I noticed last night [25th October 2016], that in the UK the much-advertised new Sky block-buster was up against tough competition for the prime-time 9pm TV slot.
The Young Pope called out for serious attention, through its evident intelligent use of vast resources in what I believe is called production values.
I became a lapsed believer while watching the first instalment of this morality tale. Maybe it was because I missed the first few minutes and hadn’t been caught early enough for the experience to convert me into a true believer.
No plot-spoiler here
I don’t think there is much need for plot-spoiler caution in this post. There has been enough pre-publicity for anyone with access to Sky to know more than I do about this vehicle for Jude Law’s box-office manifestation. It comes complete with a cast of beautifully dressed prelates and the smouldering sexuality of Diane Keating. [Pause for confession: I have sinned, father. I have become increasingly troubled with thoughts of what Donald Trump would have made of the character played by Diane Keating.]
The story mostly held my attention. But my lapses continued. As well as the troublesome image of what Donald might do to Sister Mary, aka Diane Keating , I began to consider how to rate The Young Pope. [More confessions: Also, father, I tried switching channels during the ads to see if there was any secular relief on Sky Sports. I was sorely tempted by the devilish counter-attractions of live tennis.]
A bit of a switch off
Worse of all, having failed to survive watching a penultimate break for more ads, I found solace in a library book [Adam Sisman’s biography of John Le Carre, if you were to ask me, father].
Orthodox believers remained rather sanguine about The Young Pope
The truthfulness of Twitter
So it came about, that I never quite reached the end of the first celebratory festival in honour of the papacy of Lennie, the cigarette-smoking American Pontiff. That is not to say it will not become a block-buster.
In a week when Twitter announced serious malfunctions to its business plans, some of its tweets capture my thoughts on The Young Pope.
The #youngpope – I just saw something quite brilliant or truly awful. I’m genuinely not sure which.
— James Mellor (@JamesDFMellor) October 27, 2016
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