The reason I ask is that I've been slogging my way through Becket recently. While it is nice and all as an historical drama, I find myself annoyed at Becket's perfection. The character isn't smug, but the movie strikes me as smug. Henry is so over-the-top immature, and there is no encounter where Becket doesn't seem to come out smelling like a saint. (Perhaps, with the exception of when he tells his beloved who has just been taken by Henry that if the king tires of her, he won't take her back.)
I also find the expository prayer to be a grating device. Rather than allowing us to figure out Becket's emotions or character, we just have dialog in which he announces it in the form of prayer.
My question, though, stems from the fact that most people could make (or have made) the same comments about More in A Man For All Seasons, a movie that I'm actually quite fond of.
Is there a difference between the two? Or is it just the time periods in my life when I saw them?