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A Great Insight,
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This review is from: Karol - A Man Who Became Pope [DVD] (DVD)
I bought this film as I wished to know more about Pope John Paul 2nd. In 1993 to 1995 I lived in Lublin, Poland, where the Karol once worked. Many people spoke with great affection about the man, who would one day become Pope. Seeing this film on DVD I was intrigued with who and what made this man.
The film is 3 hours long. It is a great biopic of the man, but I feel it dwells too much on his early life in the war. Over 1 hour is spent on this period and only 10 minutes on him becoming Pope. I would have liked a little more about his Papal election. This election was controversial, yet is passed over very quickly. There is no analysis of why he was chosen or the Geo Political earthquake his election help create. I also think some more analysis of the time he was Arch Bishop of Nova Hoota would have been appropriate. For many Poles the period he spent negotiating and building this Church against State opposition is what made him a legend in Poland, long before he was elected Pope.
It is also obvious that this is a made for TV film, and does suffer from some very poor special effects.
If you accept the short comings of this film and just enjoy learning something about this GREAT man, then the film is worth watching. With better editing and some greater focus on the two highlighted areas, I feel it would have warranted 5 stars.
Great film, but lacks some focus in two important areas.