Netflix Failure #3: Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II (2005)

Because just because he’s dead doesn’t mean he deserves a movie.  And just because he got a movie anyway doesn’t mean it’s good.  As the steadily balding and steadfastly boring cinematic pope, Thomas Kretschmann treads water for a while until a tidal wave of the usual biopic suspects (temporal fragmentation, indifference to characterization or theme, dialogue bound for Barlett’s Familiar Quotations) drags him under.

3 Responses to Netflix Failure #3: Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II (2005)

  1. Kris says:

    Are we really only at failure #3? Gigli was a Blockbuster failure, right?

    Pope John Paul II, as far as popes go, was great. MUCH better than the first one. A head above both John II, Paul I, and Paul John II. But where’s the drama?

    Being Pope usually precludes the epic romance and the Rambo-style action hero flick. Also, being Pope means no romantic comedy, few car chases, and a disappointing number of lightsaber duels. What you’re left with is the ecclesiastical or liturgical thriller which, in my opinion, is short on thrills.

  2. Matt says:

    The only other pope movie I’ve seen is “The Shoes of the Fisherman,” which, boring. But I did watch it.

    “Gigli” wasn’t a Netflix failure because I actually watched the whole thing. Sadly enough. All the way until the retarded kid made it to the Baywatch and got to ogle women in bikinis. That’s a lot of pain.

  3. Karah says:

    Were you specifically trolling for failure? I guess that’s a no-brainer. Why else rent a movie on the pope? that one anyway. When there are so many others whose lives were so rich in more cinematic raw material, like incest and poisoning their rivals.

    Still working on recovering from being brought up Catholic.

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