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Rik Laan, email The Dark Tower was a bit of a dis­ap­point­ment. The story was too sim­ple. Peter Jack­son made three epic movies out of a small fairy­tale book (which wasn’t good ei­ther!), Ni­co­laj Ar­cel has done the op­po­site: it was just a small, sim­ple frag­ment of a huge com­pli­cated story. If you haven’t read the books, you were think­ing “What is this?”; if you have read them you were think­ing “This is it?”. Shame.

IT was more like IT. Telling only the chil­dren’s tale in this first film was a good de­ci­sion. The kids were won­der­fully well cast and the scares were good enough. They could have made this at least half an hour longer though, to bet­ter work out the chil­dren’s “nor­mal” prob­lems (Bev­erly with her dad, Ed­die with his mum, Bill with his par­ents only car­ing about the son they lost and even Henry’s back­story and so on) and their bond­ing in the Bar­rens by mak­ing a dam that floods half the place. Look­ing for­ward to “chap­ter two”!

Pen­ny­wise will re­turn on 6 Septem­ber 2019.

The Man in Black was the mas­ter of win­ter style.

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