The Dark Tower (2017)
A boy haunted by visions of a parallel world aids its disillusioned guardian in preventing the destruction of the nexus of universes known as the Dark Tower.
Too much of everything
Strong and Moving!
Please don't spend money on this.
I don't have all the words right now but this film is a work of art.
I liked this movie, don't understand why it's so underrated. Maybe I like it more than others for the actress from Vikings. :D
While Stephen King is undoubtedly known for his horror stories - Carrie, the Shining, and IT, among others - the Dark Tower is a fantasy series, telling the story of Roland Deschain, the last of the Gunslingers, and his attempt to defend the Dark Tower from the evil Man in Black. For someone like me who's never read the books, it was mostly harmless. Even without knowing the books, it's easy to understand. It's not like you need to read the books to watch this. There are still some things that don't make sense. For instance, why does the Man in Black want to destroy the Dark Tower? The movie never explains it. Idris Elba and Matthew McCoughnehey are definitely good actors, and it shows here. Those performances are the best part of the movie. Jake, the psychic protagonist, is not the same way, but you can't be picky with child actors. He's like a lot of other kids in Stephen King stories, but not as interesting. Roland, played by Idris Elba, is awesome because he's Idris Elba, but there's not much beside that. McCoughnehey is great as the Man in Black, and his distinct Southern accent fits the role well. The problems with this movie are that it's too short, it doesn't explain enough, and the ending is too conclusive, especially since the ending alludes to the prospect of sequels. Therein lies the problem. As a standalone film, it's OK. It's not a great film, even for a non-fan, but as an adaptation of a six-book series that clearly sets up a sequel, it fails miserably, because it combines elements of multiple books. What they should have done was what they did with the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series, where one book is one movie. As it stands, there's no denying it - they have all forgotten the faces of their fathers.
It would have needed to be 2.5 hrs long or longer but the novels had so much more to add to the screen Adaptation. I ( unlike many) loved the casting. Alba worked as Gunslinger for me.
I can fully appreciate that if you've read the books, this may be disappointing (as I've found with some films of books that I've read). Having seen the film first however, I had no expectations and despite the poor reviews, I personally thought it was a very enjoyable watch. In fact it has made me want to go and read the books and I've just started the first one!