Inferno Movie Review

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I’ve been talking a lot about movies I’ve been really excited for. Unfortunately, Inferno wasn’t one I was jumping up and down to see. I still do like Tom Hanks, and I like Ron Howard. I’m just not a big fan of the first two films. I think they’re just okay, but they never pushed to the level of National Treasure for me. I actually do like both National Treasure films. I thought that Inferno looked just like a National Treasure movie, but I couldn’t work up to get excited for it. I even thought it had an interesting premise, but the main thing I was looking forward to was Tom Hanks. He nailed it with Sully, so I was trying to give him the benefit of the doubt. Let’s talk about Inferno!

Inferno is directed by Ron Howard and stars Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan, and Ben Foster. Robert Langdon returns to solve the real life prophecy of Dante’s Inferno. Dante is said to have created the most iconic depiction of hell, and in modern times, the entire world is about to plunged into complete insanity from a virus, and the only one who can solve the mystery and stop the virus is Langdon.

First of all, I don’t think I’ll ever see a movie where Tom Hanks isn’t at least likable. This isn’t anywhere near his best character or his best performances, but the man is so likable that I could watch him in anything. He brings that to this role, and I do like his arc as well as his interaction with Felicity Jones. The relationship between the two worked for me because it really stuck to its boundaries and stayed maintained throughout the film. I also liked the horrifying visions that Langdon gets. This is a prophecy about what is said to be the most accurate depiction of hell. This should have had scary moments, and it should have had powerful visuals, and I thought the execution in that aspect was solid. Next, as I mentioned, it is an interesting premise. I liked the basis of the story, and it’s probably the reason I kept up with what was happening. I like learning about history in film. I never liked learning about history in a classroom, but seeing it in a film works for me more often than not. Even though sometimes it feels like every character who knows a historical fact is pulling it out of the clouds, I still enjoy learning about the past and present with mythology and theories through narrative film.

I do still think that this movie is going to be chocked up as a trilogy finale just to say they completed the series. Nothing more, nothing less. I say that until this one ends up passing its budget and we get The Lost Symbol. I don’t know anything about the books, and I haven’t read them, but if Hollywood can make money off of it, someone will. My most disappointing thing about this movie is Ron Howard. This movie actually hurt my eyes multiple times. It ended up being hard to watch because of the way Ron Howard would cut and use the camera. It’s very choppy, and the story is all over the place. In a mystery, I’m actually fine sometimes left with an ambiguous ending, but a lot of this movie is never solved, and a lot of it doesn’t need to be. By the end, I look back and wonder why so many things were introduced just to be left unsolved. They’re small pieces of the puzzle that don’t add up, but the finale eventually gives us the essentials, so a lot could have been left out. It took a bumpy, dirty road to finally get home, but it gets there. Finally, the screenplay doesn’t make sense. The blueprint is the reason for the choppy story, and when it tries to introduce a little bit of levity, it misses. Most lines of dialogue just make me wonder who would say these things. My main problems here lie in the beginning of the film, and the dialogue cleans up a little bit, but the story stays messy.

Overall, I ended up with exactly what I was expecting from Inferno. It’s not a good movie, but it’s not the worst I’ve seen either. I saw a movie I’m probably just going to mark down as a trilogy finale, and that’s it. I liked Tom Hanks in the film, and his relationship with Felicity Jones works. I even liked Ben Foster. No matter which role he’s in, he gives 110%, so I have to give him that. I was intrigued by the premise enough to keep the movie watchable, and I liked learning a little bit about the mythology behind Dante’s Inferno. The movie is just a mess, and Ron Howard’s direction was surprisingly one of my least favorite things about it. I’m still a fan of his, and maybe he just wanted to finish the series as quickly as possible so that he could move on to other things. I’m going to give Inferno a 5.4/10.

Will you be checking out Inferno this weekend? Comment down in the comment section and let me know! If you’re a big fan of the first two films, it is a neat enough third film to give a watch this weekend! Next week is a big week in movie reviews, so be sure to stick around for Doctor Strange, Trolls, and Hacksaw Ridge! As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

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About Justin Lyons

Hey, it’s Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm