Monday, June 4, 2018

Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

★★★★★ - A Review by Cameron Kanachki

Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has become a welcoming figurehead of the Roman Catholic Church. He has accepted & embraced the modern viewpoints of society, & ingratiated them into the beliefs of the Catholic Church, including views on climate change, consumerism, & interfaith relations. While I don't necessarily agree with Pope Francis on everything, as he still maintains the Catholic Church's views on marriage & abortion, I still admire him for his humility & his embracing of all life on Earth.

Pope Francis: A Man of His Word is a warm, embracing, & hopeful documentary about Pope Francis. The film follows Pope Francis, who engages in a conversation with the director of the documentary, Wim Wenders. Before then, the documentary talks about his life before becoming Pope. Pope Francis was born Jorge Bergoglio in Argentina. He became a Jesuit priest, & eventually became a Cardinal in 2001.

In 2013, after Pope Benedict XVI resigned from the papacy, Bergoglio was elected Pope on the second day of the papal conclave, taking the name Francis after St. Francis of Assisi. Since then, Pope Francis has been embracing of all people, & preaching mercy.

Through the conversations with Wenders, Pope Francis talks about poverty, climate change, social issues, interfaith dialogue, & other important topics, all in a way that preaches love & tolerance of all human beings.

Wim Wenders' direction is stellar. Wenders, a noted director of feature & documentary films, has done some excellent work here. With his decision to form the film as a conversation with Pope Francis, the film feels much more intimate & raw.

This is one of the best documentaries in a while. It's an excellent documentary about one excellent man, who is a symbol of hope in troubled times.

Pope Francis: A Man of His Word was seen by me at the MJR Troy Grand Digital Cinema 16 in Troy, MI on Saturday, May 19, 2018. It is currently in 2 theaters in the Detroit area: the AMC Forum 30 in Sterling Heights, MI, & the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, MI. Its runtime is 96 minutes, & it is rated PG for thematic material including images of suffering.

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