Wednesday, January 31, 2018

From Page to Reel - Inferno



Wow it has been a very long time since this meme graced the pages of this blog. I am so glad to be able to bring this back for 2018. With more and more books being made into movies in the last couple of years, and more to come, there is no shortage of material. I am a HUGE movie fan, and there is nothing more that excites me than a movie being made of a book I really loved. Of course, nothing is also more disappointing when the movie isn't what you expect. Which is why this meme could get a little fun.

Also, these posts will likely have spoilers, so proceed with caution and don't say I didn't warn you ahead of time!

Today, I want to take an in-depth look at Inferno, by Dan Brown and the movie picture that followed based on this book. 



DEFINITELY SPOILERS ON THIS ONE SO CAUTION AHEAD!!

 
I read Inferno back in 2013 and reviewed it on the blog, which you can check out here. Without being too repetitive, I enjoy Dan Brown novels, but they tend to only get 3 star ratings from me. That is because the suspense building is never ending, so the time it takes to get to the reveal can be irksome. It was no different with this book. Though, as I mentioned in the book review, I was pretty impressed with the logic of the virus... and frankly I was and still am, quite conflicted over my thoughts about it. 

I gave the book 

 

As cinematic as his novels can be, it was of no surprise whatsoever, that another movie installment would be made of Inferno. And though I feel that the movie adaptations are similar to the books in their dryness level, how can I ever turn down a movie with Tom Hanks? Besides, I have enjoyed the first two movies, and definitely would be enjoying this one.

Right?

Well, read on to find out.

But first a little bit about the movie.

(From Wikipedia)
 
 
Famous symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) follows a trail of clues tied to Dante, the great medieval poet. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman (Ben Foster) from unleashing a virus that could wipe out half of the world's population.
 
Release date: October 28, 2016 (Canada)
Box office: 220 million USD

Movie, of course, features Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon once again, and Felicity Jones plays Sienna Brooks. Tom Hanks, in my opinion, is a fantastic Robert Langdon, and I could not picture anyone else in this role. 

Let's take a peek at the movie trailer!

 

So a few years after reading the book, I FINALLY watch this movie. Though it came out in 2016, I finally got my popcorn ready during the Christmas holidays in 2017, cuddled with my hubby and got ready for an action packed movie and a race against time to disarm a bomb filled with a virus. 

Frankly I had forgotten quite a bit which started coming back to me as the movie progressed. I got SUPER excited as it neared the end for the big epic failure to stop the bomb, and the virus being released. Not to mention.... finding out what the virus actually was, and then discussing with dear husband on his thoughts. 

So.... we get to the end. The bomb is contained. Everyone goes on with their lives.

WTF

Oh Yes.

The ending was COMPLETELY. DIFFERENT.

I sat there scratching my head, because I was convinced that they were unable to stop the bomb in the book.... and the big ass reveal and what caused some conflicting feelings and thoughts for days, weeks and months afterwards over what the virus actually did and how it would affect the future population of the human race... annnnnndddd I felt completely and utterly cheated.

Cheated that my partner, who is NOT a reader unless its a wood working magazine, did not get to watch the big reveal that I kept excitedly telling him was going to come. Cheated that I never got to see or hear his thoughts on it, just to either confirm whether he was going to be as conflicted as I was about the virus or not. 

I went to bed feeling slightly dejected and annoyed actually. 

So I have to give this movie a disappointing 



And that is because I thought that the book's ending was so much more provocative, and frankly, just BETTER. 

So screw you Hollywood for disappointing me with this mediocre, 'all is well in the world' ending. That just sucked balls, frankly.

Ok...

Well....

Now that I told you all how I really feel, let me know YOUR thoughts. Did you prefer the revised ending of the movie, or do you wish they kept it like the book? I am interested to know!

Happy Reading and Movie Watching!





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