Not the best Moretti's movie. Probably making a movie with Fandango for the first time took its toll for economical reasons and the movie seems rushed especially in the edit. The story is the perfect and laical portrait of a pope that feels the heaviness of human condition. It foresaw what happened later to Benedict XVI.
My biggest disappointment among Moretti's films. Maybe because my expectations were too high. It seemed for me like he didn't know what he wanted to say with this movie. But Piccoli is great, cardinals are hilarious. Worth watching but that's not what I'd call a cinema that suits the master.
Piccoli's performance is wonderful, and "Moretti deserves respect for not simply taking a hatchet to the papal office; it's an easy target in the aftermath of the abuse scandals and most directors would be unable to resist. Habemus Papam wants to emphasize the human consequences of a great religious office, and in that it succeeds."--The Guardian
I turbamenti di un'uomo diventato Papa.Ironico ma profondo.Alcune situazioni paradossali e tirate per i capelli,i cardinali visti come arzilli vecchietti alla Sister Act sono inverosimili,ma nel complesso fanno parte dello stile di Moretti.Che sotto sotto e ironizzando ci dice che forse è l'intera Chiesa ad essere in deficit d'accudimento.Pellicola originale,coraggiosa e,non per ultimo,anche profetica. 3* e 1/2.
It'd be easy to read WHAP as anti-Catholic satire, but that reading misses Moretti's other targets -- news media, psychology, sports, the arts, nuclear family -- things that might replace or fortify religion but here seem inadequate to filling a leaderless void. As the Pope rejects spiritual fatherhood's responsibility, his would-be followers retreat into trivial distractions. The Internet, unmentioned, looms large.
Quite frankly the first Moretti film that truly lacks any real bite. Moretti's take on the election of a pope starts well but flounders after the half hour mark once the new pontiff casts himself amongst the faithful. The subplots seem more like filler than profound and the lack of resolutions though novel just seems like the writers didn't know how to end it either. A real disappointment.