29 Jan '17, 12am

TV reviews: Jude Law's The Young Pope a cartoonish mix of villain and...

TV reviews: Jude Law's The Young Pope a cartoonish mix of villain and...

Jude Law (above) plays a Pope who seems to be part-Bond villain and part-saint in The Young Pope. Photo: HBO / Instagram The very idea of a show about the world of Vatican politics sounds a little sacrilegious. Yet The Young Pope has been a hit in predominantly Catholic Italy, where viewers cannot get enough of Jude Law as the fictional Pius XIII, an unorthodox new pontiff whose unpredictability flummoxes his clergy and flock. There are a few things in this show by Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty , 2013) that you can imagine the devout taking exception to. For starters, he envisions the Pope, along with other senior clergy, as ruthless, power-hungry, hypocritical, narcissistic and vengeful, and suggests he might doubt the existence of God. But maybe this is what struck a chord with Italian viewers, for showing men of cloth with feet of clay also m...

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