#CandyCapsuleReviews: Are 'The Mandalorian' And 'The Two Popes' Worth Watching?

by Stephanie Shi   |  Dec 31, 2019
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Curious to know if The Two Popes and The Mandalorian live up to their respective hypes? Read on for our Candy Capsule Reviews!

The Two Popes

WHERE: Netflix

The Two Popes, which deals with the shocking retirement of Pope Benedict XVI, stars Anthony Hopkins as Father Benedict and Jonathan Pryce as the successor Pope Francis. It’s a winning cast that’s enough of a reason to watch the film, and Hopkins and Pryce do not disappoint—they successfully convey the very human side of the two major Catholic figures. The movie is mainly a conversation between them. Although the dialogue and the interaction of the two are largely imagined, the superb acting and the sharp, often humorous banter make The Two Popes feel realistic and exciting. The script itself could have further showed Father Benedict’s scholarly background for a stronger, fairer, and more insightful debate, but overall, the film is a delight to watch.

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The Mandalorian

WHERE: Disney+

The Mandalorian is a space Western TV series about a lone bounty hunter and his adventures across the galaxy. It has stunning visuals and special effects, you’d be surprised you’re watching a TV show, not a movie—then again, it’s what we expect in a Star Wars production. The masked titular character, played by Pedro Pascal, is undoubtedly cool for his built-in gadgets and guns, plus combat skills. But he’s surprisingly endearing and funny too, especially when “Baby Yoda” is involved, so he’s more than just a Boba Fett look-alike. Each episode is 30 minutes short (save for the pilot), leaving viewers wanting more. Hardcore Star Wars fans will love the Easter eggs and how the show incorporates the many things we love about the trilogy—from exhilarating fight scenes and detailed worlds to the short catchphrases (you’ll have something to say aside from “May the force be with you.”).

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