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Plot: Father Gabriele Amorth, Chief Exorcist of the Vatican, investigates a young boy’s terrifying possession and ends up uncovering a centuries-old conspiracy the Vatican has desperately tried to keep hidden.
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When you buy a ticket for a movie like “The Pope’s Exorcist” it’s pretty clear what you’re getting into. There’s a ton of Catholic imagery like the rosary, crucifixes, holy water, church rituals, and lots of prayers, all used to fight off the demonic possession of an innocent. All of the standard elements are present here, but director Julius Avery‘s film surprisingly offers a refreshing (if somewhat routine) take on the religious horror subgenre.
Elevated by a well thought-out story and an engaging performance from Russell Crowe, the film tells the story of Father Gabriele Amorth (Crowe), Chief Exorcist of the Vatican (and one of the most controversial figures in the Church’s modern era). The script is inspired by the Father’s actual files of his time spent conducting exorcisms for the Catholic Church, which is enough to make your skin crawl.
The movie follows Father Amorth as he travels to Spain to investigate a young boy’s (Peter DeSouza-Feighoney) possession by a powerful demon. Aided by local priest Father Esquibel (Daniel Zovatto), Father Amorth tries to help the child before it’s too late. In the process, he uncovers a centuries-old conspiracy that the Vatican has desperately tried to keep hidden.
It’s a really great story, and one that feels more plausible than other religious horror fantasies about supernatural possessions. (You know what I mean). There are solid scares, bloody violence, and creepy imagery that are all done quite well. It’s slightly goofy but played with sincerity, which is why the film never teeters on the edge of camp. This isn’t a case of a movie that’s so bad it’s good, it actually is good.
While it may seem like there isn’t a lot here to separate the film from other exorcism stories (especially when there are several scenes of priests reciting prayers while brandishing crosses at a child who, possessed by a demon, is screaming obscenities in a growling voice), the depth of the storytelling is what makes a huge difference. Every element clicks in unison here, from the screenplay to the direction to the better than expected performances.
“The Pope’s Exorcist” is the type of movie that should be forgettable, but isn’t. I actually enjoyed it because it overdelivers on what it promises, and is a lot better than you’d expect.
Towards the end of the movie, I literally starting thinking, “wow, Crowe and Zovatto should star in future installments as ass-kicking priest sidekicks,” and bam! The film went ahead and set itself up for a sequel: 199 of them, to be exact. As batty as this sounds, I would — pun intended — watch the hell out of that.
**By: Louisa Moore / SCREEN ZEALOTS / WWW.SCREENZEALOTS.COM**
Based on a real character from the murkier side of quite recent Vatican operations, Russell Crowe dons his cassock and travels to a remote abbey in Spain where his meets with “Fr. Esquibel” (Daniel Zovatto). Why? Well it seems that a young boy is being possessed by a singularly nasty demon. Now Fr. Amorth is not unused to these scenarios and is also aware that the vast majority of these situations have nothing to do with satanic practices and more to do with mental health issues. Quickly, though, he realises that this is a serious and potentially deadly demonisation and both he and his colleague must discover what went on at this place and just who their violent foe is, before they can have any hope of casting it back into the shadows. That’s the plot, and to be fair Crowe actually plays his character with a bit of charisma, but the rest of this is the same old loudly scored, visual effects feast with plenty of routine dramatic scenes: screaming, eye-popping, ceiling climbing, bodies and holy water thrown about the place and this one even has a bit of the Spanish Inquisition thrown in for added authenticity. It’s not that is terrible – it isn’t; it is just all so very derivative. Just because the exorcist was real doesn’t actually make this film any different from an whole spate of other similar films that have the same beginning, middle, and end… It will do fine on the television around Halloween, but the cinema adds little to the presentation. It’s nice to see that Franco Nero is still making films, but otherwise this is adequate, but nothing more.
You must definitely watch Russell Crowe exorcise.
The film turns in a new direction compared to most three-cent horror films, the film does not focus too much on jumpscare but focuses on each character’s emotions when being invaded by fear.
I am very impressed with the plot, in addition to the cool and funny Father Gabriel character, the rest of the characters are also very well built. If you want a movie full of jumpscare then this is not the movie for you, and if you want a jumpscare movie that is just enough and has a compelling plot for you to enjoy then this is the movie for you. Applause for the cast and crew. Don’t let the fools keep you from enjoying this movie. They’re just kids who like jumpscare and don’t like the humor in ”Horror” movies.
The movie is just good enough for the viewer to feel comfortable. Personally, I really enjoyed this movie P/s : The book is very good.
The Pope’s Exorcist (2023)
As someone that loves movies in general and often reviews films as they are, I saw this film last week and it was surprisingly better than expected. Is it golden globe worthy? Not at all but it is worthy enough to deliver what it was supposed to do? Yes. I love exorcism based films for the stories they tell and the types of demons we learn about through the stories. Exorcism films generally focus more on a storyline rather than the adrenaline of scare that differs (and separates) from the elements of creepiness. The Pope’s Exorcist does just that – focuses on the story without much of the scare factor, which is exactly what this film should be, and is. That’s what I wanted and got – a story. The only creepy elements are the castle, the grounds of the home itself. That’s it. The cinematography was beautiful and the demon/possessions revealed in this film was solid; the aggressiveness of the demon. Russell Crowe delivers a strong performance with a pinch of sarcasm that compliments his character.
The only element I didn’t care for was the family, specifically the actors that were cast for their characters didn’t fit the film in my opinion. Especially the actor cast as the daughter-who looked and felt disconnected. She was not the best choice for this role in my opinion; she just didn’t fit in. This film is worth seeing but it won’t be your first choice.
Cinematography & Film Setting: 9 Characters: 7.5 Storyline: 7 Overall Rating: 7.5.
Original Language en
Genre Horror, Thriller
Director Julius Avery
Writer Michael Petroni, Evan Spiliotopoulos, R. Dean McCreary
Actors Russell Crowe, Daniel Zovatto, Alex Essoe
Country United States, United Kingdom, Spain
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