This is the best animated film I’ve seen recently – and I’m referring to storyline, animation quality and character evolution – all these elements bringing us a very well constructed production.
Dante Alighieri wrote in the fourteenth century the epic poem – The Divine Comedy – structured in three main parts – Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso.
The animated movie is inspired by this written work and brings us the characters, concepts and events as stated in the poem. Even Virgil is present as the guide through the Hell.
Our hero, because of his sins – ends up entering the inferno to save the soul of the woman he loved. He was unfaithful and because of that, Beatrice is kidnapped and taken to Inferno.
Dante has to cross those nine circles in order to reach his destination.
Limbo, Lust, Greed, Gluttony, Wrath, Heresy, Violence, Fraud and Betrayal – are all presented in the film – the main circles of Hell – in which Dante has to confront many beasts and demons to keep on going.
The storyline also presents past events – for explaining the present situation. Dante has sinned, he has taken a wrong path and because of that he had to pay. When Lucifer makes Beatrice his wife, Dante is overwhelmed by the bad attributes that he possesses.
This is a very interesting depiction of the main character. He is presented as a changed man, after all the bad things he did. He admits his guilt and he would sacrifice his soul in order to save Beatrice.
The circles of hell are very well produced. I really loved the animation – especially the Greed, Wrath and the Heresy circles. We also have an incursion in Dante’s family. Both of his parents are here. He will free his mother who committed suicide but he will have to fight with his father. Lucifer suggested a very tempting reward for stopping Dante to continue his journey – therefore his father will be the one who will try to achieve that goal.
The final part – the fight with Lucifer is the main reason for his journey through the Inferno – as Lucifer said. I’ll not give any more details because I already spoiled this article big time.
I guess I’ll have to read the poem in order to learn more about the circles of Hell.