King adap­ta­tion a tow­er­ing dis­as­ter

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Elba is by far the best thing in the film. In the rare mo­ments he gets to go the full John Wick, Elba looks ev­ery inch the mythic war­rior he’s sup­posed to be. But far too of­ten Elba is stuck just stand­ing around ex­plain­ing the plot to young Jake (Tom Tay­lor).

Not help­ing at all is the ac­tual story.

I can’t com­ment on the nov­els, but there is some­thing te­diously re­ac­tionary about see­ing a film in 2017 in which ev­ery ac­tive and in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ter is male and in which ev­ery woman is ei­ther a mother, a nurse and/or a pas­sive vic­tim.

And all this in­ter­minable chat­ter about how the world will end if the tower falls gets te­dious, fast.

It’s not long before The

Dark Tower starts to sound more like an ex­tended and need­lessly com­plex para­ble of male erec­tile dys­func­tion than it does a com­pelling, or even co­her­ent, film.

As a smartly writ­ten, mildly up­dated 12-part TV se­ries, I would hap­pily give The Dark Tower an­other chance.

As a movie, I was sur­prised to learn the film I saw was only 95 min­utes long. It truly seemed much longer. - Graeme Tuck­ett

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