King adaptation a towering disaster
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