Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Inferno - Movie Review

Inferno, directed by Ron Howard, continues the adventures of professor Robert Langdon originally made famous by the best selling Dan Brown novels. The film's cast includes Tom Hanks in the starring role along with Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan, and Ben Foster.

The Review:
Dan Brown's novels have been immensely popular over the years and Ron Howard's theatrical adaptations have nearly lived up to that same level of success. Inferno is the third such adaptation and it left me wondering if going in for a third time was a necessary endeavor. It's like Howard was very well aware he had gone down this path before and didn't really seem that interested in coming up with anything new to add to the story. Sure, it has Tom Hanks and you know he's always going to be good but even his illustrious star power wasn't enough to keep this film from reaching the same heights as its predecessors. That being said, I still found it to be a well paced and fun bit of mystery solving which is pretty much what you would expect.

After word of this film got out, I had really been looking forward to seeing Felicity Jones side by side with Tom Hanks and in something more than the supporting roles and love interests she has primarily played to this point. Pairing her up with Hanks was a great move and she rises to the occasion and proves why she was able to land a featured role in the upcoming Rogue One Star Wars film which is sure to be a worldwide mega success. Omar Sy and Irrfan Khan are always good in whatever they do and this film is no exception and then there's Ben Foster who is kind of wasted in a very small, yet important role that sees way less screen time than he should have.

The Verdict:
Inferno is good and it is entertaining and yet it isn't something you will likely not have much staying power. A lack of box office success may leave the studio heads wondering if the continuing adventures of Robert Langdon may not be worth the effort moving forward. Apparently, the movie is available in the IMAX format although I'm not sure why as there isn't much in the way of grand scenery or epic scale.

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