Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic is based on the Inferno part of Dante Alighieri’s 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy. But it’s also based on a video game. I’ve never read the poem nor played the video game so I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the screenplay.
This very much has the feel of Japanese anime. Which means the demons and monsters are interesting to say the least. I spent a lot of this movie just floored by the creep out factor. I had to pause several time to go “did I actually see that?”
That being said, I’m really not sure I liked it. I felt a lot was lost if you haven’t already read the poem or played the game. Specifically it was confusing why Virgil and Dante looked different through every level of hell. I assume these changes are alluding to a mental change in the character and I can sort of understand that with Dante a bit but not Virgil.
I also don’t understand the change of the role of Beatrice in this whole matter. I know enough about the poem to know she’s different. I guess it’s the plot of the game.
Also I feel no sympathy for the main character Dante. Maybe it’s because this is the third film I’ve watched this year dealing with the Crusades but I don’t feel he really repents and gets a free pass on a lot of stuff because he’s a soldier of God.
So interesting and imaginative animation of hell and flashbacks, rushed story line (run time 84 minutes), and characters I just couldn’t give a care about. Others may have a better time of it or maybe this just isn’t that good of a movie.