The beginning of the pontificate of Lenny Belardo, alias Pius XIII, the first American Pope in history.

youngpopes1dvdStudio: HBO Studios
Year: 2017
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Run time: 300 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 3 DVD
Region: A

This show exhibits a fantastic break from the current world of series making, especially the once produced by HBO. While it’s true that HBO exhibits some shows with an obvious non-materialistic assumptions, those are usually depicted as ‘fantasy’. This show however, is unique in that it ‘breaches’ the modern, cold, and rational world. In a somewhat similar fashion to the recent work of Malick (“The Tree of Life”), it does so by unravelling a surrealistic scenery and mood, in a way that makes you feel both close to the world, but also very far away. In short, the series’s artistic background (shooting, music, scenery… etc) reflects the truth that is advocated by the protagonist: mystery.

The show gathers its power from the world of the Catholic church, and in doing so (in a realistic genre) ’embodies’ an unexpected historical depth. Although the historicality of the show could be deeper (i.e. the show’s appeal to the Church’s history), it remains a fantastic change from the current shows on HBO.

Movie Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • The Making of The Young Pope
  • An Invitation to the Set
  • Inside the Episodes

Special Features: 5/10

Final Thoughts

Jude Law is fantastic as the American Pope, Pius XIII! His character is intriguing, compelling, and often mysterious, not to mention easy on the eye. He’s a man who women find very attractive, yet even with his own sex appeal he seems unaffected by their attention.
Overall Rating: 8/10