The Dark Tower
IN The Dark Tower, there are many worlds that are spread across the universe. Hopefully, one of those other worlds has a version of this movie that is entertaining to watch, because the one we got is a flat and dull mess.
The Dark Tower is the long-anticipated film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel series of the same name. The books tell the tale of Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), a bada** gunslinger who is sworn to protect The Dark Tower, a mythical building that supports all the worlds.
Wow, you may say. That character sounds really cool!
Sadly, he only shows up in the flesh after a quarter of the movie. Audiences must first suffer through the subplot of Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) a young boy who is having strange premonitions of disaster.
Jake teams up with Roland to protect the Dark Tower; soon, it is discovered he is Special and has an important role to play. (Because we don’t have enough Chosen One narratives already.)
Opposing Jake and Roland is the Man in Black. No, not Johnny Cash, but a powerful sorcerer played by Matthew McConaughey, who is as generic an evil villain as they come.
The Man wants to destroy the Dark Tower and rule the various worlds. Why? Because he’s evil, lah! The film never really bothers to explain his motivations.
And in a sense, that is the biggest issue with The Dark Tower: it never fleshes out its world properly.
The movie has many cool concepts – you have psychic children, shape-shifting monsters, guardians with guns forged out of legendary swords! But they are all introduced in a line or two and then abruptly dismissed to make way for the next plot development. At some points, it feels like the story was generated by drawing random fantasy cliches out of a hat.
Performance-wise, Elba and McConaughey play their characters well, and are the only reasons to watch this.
Book fans will probably be disappointed at how far the movie strays from King’s work, while newcomers might be underwhelmed.
All in all, this tower feels more like a dungeon of despair.