Spoilers ahead. Two nights ago, with Apple TV in hand, I stared hesitantly at the description for the movie Inferno. I had read the Da Vinci Code, felt it was lacking. Yet, I give Dan Brown credit. He took the concept from a non-fiction book (it was required reading for a college religion class), wrapped a fictional plot around it with symbolism and adventure, and churned out a best selling novel. Years later, I decided to give Dan another chance and read the book Inferno.
What gave me pause on this rental was the Rotten Tomatoes score, it was less than 20 percent. I figured it had to be Dan Brown. You either love him or hate him. I figured the critics had it wrong. So, I decided to give it a go. What could go wrong? Tom Hanks. Felicity Jones (loved Rogue One). Ron Howard. And an original book I enjoyed.
Well, this didn’t work on many levels. The villain, who kills himself at the beginning of the book, looms large. He’s convicted to a plan. His intelligence is off the charts. Plus, he had a cult like following. When the credits rolled, I just shook my head.
Yes, Howard changed the ending. Why? I have no idea. You should only deviate from the book in rare cases, but never when it is the entire point of the entire book. Rarely, is the Hollywood ending preferred (although, it has happened). Sigh.