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The Dark Tower


Directed by: Ron Howard
Written by: Akiva Goldsman
Cast: TBA
Studio: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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Plot: The Man in Black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed. At least, like many things in this movie, that's what we're told.


Okay. So. This is not the completely worthless fiery trainwreck the Rotten Tomatoes score might advertise. But holy hell, did this thing go cockeyed, especially in the last ten or so minutes. The potential was surely there, particularly with this cast, and some scant moments of legitimate finesse shine through the murk, but as an intended franchise-starter, the first round in the chamber has severely backfired.

Elba, McConaughey, and Taylor all demonstrate how well-suited they are to their respective parts, but they needed much better, fuller material. Elba's Gunslinger is stoic, weary, and determined, even hinting at the unintentional hilarity of his deadpan nature, but the hard choices that defined him in the text are absent here. McConaughey is taunting and theatrical, but only at times really menacing, and I would go so far as saying we actually see TOO much of him. Taylor does far better than the trailers suggest, and he successfully draws out some of Roland's lost humanity, but the focus is too frequently on him when he's really only supposed to be a supporting player.

On paper, I don't begrudge some of the choices made; mixing and matching elements from across the books, using Jake as the audience's proxy to enter Mid-World, I get that. But the structure and pacing betray any chance to really dive deep and become immersed. The world is described instead of allowed to expand organically. Roland and Jake's partnership has fulfilling moments, but little else resonates. There's no sense of history to Roland and Walter's conflict, and it's ended in a fashion that ignores one of the Man in Black's chief characteristics as the Dark Tower's chief antagonist.

I was never bored, I never felt betrayed (well, only a teeny bit) or insulted, but I was never thrilled either. Ka willing, maybe a fresh production with a ballsier director and a studio that knows when to back the fuck off can try again down the line. Because this bafflingly mismanaged film is only evident of how much, much more this mythology has to offer a newcomer.

Other reviews of this film: oscarxp25 (3/10) , Moviefreak2010 (10/10) > Display all
ericodarko at 09:35 PM Aug 04

Despite this movie, would you be interested in seeing this cast reprise their roles in the proposed TV series sequel/companion piece?

Weapon X
Weapon X at 09:38 PM Aug 04

Totally. If they're serious about moving forward with the TV series, their best bet is pulling an Incredible Hulk and playing it like the first movie both did and didn't happen. And given the whole multiverse aspect of the Dark Tower mythology, that should be relatively easy to do.

Moviefreak2010 at 07:34 AM Aug 09

good movie

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