The Dark Tower (2017)
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[Idris] Elba alone can't make The Dark Tower worth watching. But he can make the case, yet again, that he deserves better material than this.
Outside of its actors, the film is unremarkable. Action sequences seem as though they were hurried, that is, when you can actually see them - Did the lighting team blow a fuse?
It gets where it's going fast enough, but you don't feel like you've traveled anywhere at all.
The Dark Tower avoids the lowest rungs of that ladder. Taken on its terms it's hardly a disaster, delivering moments of fun on a basic level.
Audience Reviews for The Dark Tower
An appealing attempt at a movie. nothing works. it feels stilted and just super unbelievable characters!
I've been waiting years for an adaptation based on Stephen King's magnum opus series to be made and while I'm glad this has finally and actually come, I'm disappointed it's not a groundbreaking critically loved or 'great adaptation' I would have been hoping for. However, believe it or not I actually enjoyed this film for what it is, a fantasy, horror, sci-fi, action, adventure epic that delivers on the goods of it's sense of scale, other worldly visual flair, thrilling action and acting for the most part. What's most frustrating, is that the film doesn't go into any of the depth that made the books so fascinating and surreal in a literal sense than just a visual sense. While it may be more rational to respond to such a flawed film in a negative sense, I can't hate this film and devoutly 'won't' as It fulfilled my expectations for the most part. I can clearly see the director wanted to make a film that carries the passion and devotion of a fan who not only wanted to honor the source material but make a film that'll be a good introduction to the characters and the world to newbies as well as a companion piece to the books. Tonally the film is jumbled, switching between intimate character motivations and surreal otherworldly weirdness in grand scale, mystically and sternly, even with some thrilling sequences of action and horror. Recommended to the curious who'll keep an open mind, if you're not interested than don't bother and don't say anything (that isn't nice).
I have never read any of Stephen King's popular fantasy series, The Dark Tower, so I walked into the long-awaited film adaptation with no investment. I walked out with very little investment. The film peaked at its casting, with Idris Elba as the mythic Gunslinger hunting down a notorious evil sorcerer, The Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), a.k.a. Randall Flagg. For the first fifteen minutes or so, the world building is pretty straightforward and accessible. The Man in Black is looking across universes for special psychic children whose abilities he can focus to destroy the titular Dark Tower, a monument protecting the stability of all universes. A young kid is having prophetic dreams but appears emotionally disturbed to his family. Before a group of rat people hiding behind human masks can kidnap him, he runs away, finding a portal to Midworld, and into the path of the Gunslinger, who seeks personal vengeance against the Man in Black. From there the movie gets pretty hazy with its rules and lore. The production design of this alien world is a bit bare. The characters stay in an archetypical range and don't give you much reason to care. The action is serviceable but unmemorable, the Gunslinger credo is rather cheesy especially when repeated with such self-seriousness, and sometimes it feels like McConaughey is in a different movie altogether. If you're a fan of the series, I have to imagine you'll be processing some level of disappointment by the end of the film. If you're a franchise novice, like me, you may find some stray things to enjoy in the moment, but the film evaporates from your mind immediately after leaving the theater, banished to the dustbin of bland sci-fi action. Nate's Grade: C
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