THE DARK TOWER (M, 95 MINS), DI­RECTED BY NIKOLAJ ARCEL,

Piako Post - - FILM -

There is prob­a­bly a pretty good film to be made from Stephen King’s se­ries The Dark Tower. What I saw is not that film.

Or maybe The Dark Tower should never have been a film at all. A movie can just about do jus­tice to a short novel. But an eight-vol­ume se­ries was cry­ing out for the full Game of Thrones treat­ment, surely?

The Dark Tower sets it­self up as a par­tial se­quel to some of the events of the nov­els. The Gun­slinger (Idris Elba, per­fect) is an ar­che­typal man-alone. The Gun­slinger is on a mythic quest through a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic other world to pro­tect The Dark Tower that stands at the cen­tre of all al­ter­nate uni­verses.

Mean­while, in present-day New York City, 12-year-old Jake Cham­bers is hav­ing night­mares and draw­ing pic­tures that re­late to The Gun­slinger and the Tower. Of course, there are por­tals that con­nect our world to theirs and a slew of myth­i­cal evil be­ings liv­ing be­hind anony­mous door­ways through­out Brook­lyn and Man­hat­tan.

Put like that, The Dark Tower, even as a stand­alone movie, had plenty of po­ten­tial. But the script is a blovi­ate mutt. And no amount of flair and flour­ish di­rec­tor

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