There are other worlds than these. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen. The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. The fate of the worlds is at stake – good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.
What We Thought:
In a year with a lot of false advertising (War for the Planet of the Apes, It Comes at Night), The Dark Tower is the king of false advertising. Go back and read that synopsis. Does it mention anything about a kid? Nope. It mentions Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. The trailer I’ve seen for it shows both those men as well. Elba is a cowboy type gunslinger using a six-shooter trying to stop McConaughey’s Man in Black character from destroying everything. That’s what I was expecting.
Wow was I wrong! The Dark Tower is a Young Adult movie. It’s about a boy named Jake who is the lead in the entire movie. It opens by saying children are the key to toppling the Dark Tower and Jake has a lot of shine (psychic ability). He dreams of the Man in Black and the Gunslinger and his mother, therapist and everyone else doesn’t believe him. They think he’s crazy and he escapes into the other world where he runs into Elba’s character.
The entire movie is about McConaughey wanting the boy to use his shine to take down the Tower and Elba wanting revenge on McConaughey. All the cool fights you see in the trailer happen in pretty much one scene towards the end. It’s closer to Ender’s Game or The Mazerunner than it is to anything you think of from Stephen King.
Also, I’ve never read the 7 books from King that this is based on so I can’t first hand compare the film to the books, but I guess this is sort of a sequel to the 7th book. You don’t need to know anything from the books to follow along, those who read the books didn’t really like this movie either.
Nothing I knew about this movie prepared me for a Young Adult movie. I was expecting a fantasy sci-fi Western and that is not what I got from The Dark Tower. Elba and McConaughey are fine and there are some cool Stephen King Easter eggs in the movie, but don’t be fooled about the advertising, this is a Young Adult flick. I’m totally dumbfounded at this entire movie and how sub par it is.
COMPLETELY ADVERTISED WRONG, DON’T BE FOOLED!
Cast & Crew:
- Idris Elba
- Matthew McConaughey
- Tom Taylor
- Claudia Kim
- Jackie Earle Haley
- Fran Kranz
- Abbey Lee
- Katheryn Winnick
- Dennis Haysbert
- Stephen King