13 February 2018
The Dark Tower brings to screen one of Stephen King’s most acclaimed novels. There have been a lot of King adaptations over the years and not all of them have been met by critical with positives from reviewers. Dark Tower stands apart from them, and at times I wouldn’t recognize this against other adaptations if I were to encounter them in a line up. Some purists will probably hate this as King’s “Dark Tower” spans 7 books and here you have a lot all condensed into a single movie. I had to think to myself, would this be as pacey as it was if it had been split into follow-on films like Tolkien films have been, the answer is probably not. There was enough for movie goers to get stuck into and follow rather than having two films of character development and then one film of action to conclude.
This is a futuristic sci-fi fantasy western with occasional steam punk visuals which shows a fight between good and evil and the potential for a universal collapse. McConaughey plays Walter Padick, the man in black, destined to bring down the universe and opposing him is Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers a gifted child, and Edris Elba as Roland Descain, the gunslinger – charged with protecting what’s left of goodness in existence. Fan of the book or not it’s easy to follow the story and its well delivered by all involved. The world is both stunning and derelict both in the real world and the other worlds that are explored. It was nice to see how similar and run down places can be whether they are in a desert or in a city scape. Fans of King will probably be able to draw in connections to other film’s to attempt to make a literary universe – an example being the gift that Chambers has is referred to as a ‘shine’ much like Danny has the ‘shining’ in Kubrick adaptation of “The Shining”.
Without going into detail and analyzing every detail for fear of writing spoilers and ruining somebody’s viewing pleasure – I’ll just say this film isn’t as bad as critics said it was. It seems that these day’s critics slate every film that comes out without giving it a chance. They appear to be waiting for the next big genre defying masterpiece and dismissing good old fashioned films which tell a story and look good. This is one of those films, it’s not going to set the world alight, but it certainly does suspend disbelief enough to ensure that you haven’t wasted 90+minutes of your life. Dark Tower, you get a 7 out of 10 from me. 🙂