Sunday, 3 June 2012
The Pope's Toilet Commentary
Unfortunately, unlike the Full Monty and other similar movies, the Pope's Toilet fails to deliver on what a premise like that needs: laughs. Just the title alone indicates that it is a bit of a preposterous story that needs to have some element of humour and lightheartedness. Instead, it delves too much into the conflict relationships that Beto has in his life and his personal struggle for a better life with his family. The dark tone of the film overshadows the meagre attempts at humour and tends to slow the movie down significantly.
There are some good points to the film. First, with a premise like building a toilet for the Pope's visit, it actually seemed very realistic. The setting of rural Uruguay combined with actors that seemed like real people and some very nice lighting and camera work was done very well to give it a sense of authenticity. The poverty of the village was not too extreme but the viewer can also tell that everyone is struggling to make it in their world. Ultimately, though, it just didn't work. In order to be good, these "zany scheme" movies need to be comedies and use that humour to vent the otherwise depressing situation the characters are in. If they don't it becomes a too depressing experience for the audience. The poster says "alternately heartbreaking and hilarious." Sadly, it didn't alternate enough.
Don't see it.