The Dark Tower #2017 - Movie Review - Sci-Fi - Avg Flick

A. Score: 4.5/10

Starring: Idris Elba as Roland Deschain
Matthew McConaughey as Man in Black

Directed By: Nikolaj Arcel
Written By: Nikolaj Arcel, Akiva Goldsman, Anders Thomas Jensen, Jeff Pinkner

Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is plagued with nightmares about the Man In Black (Matthew McConaughey) following the death of his father. He learns that his dreams are real, and teams up with the Gunslinger, Roland (Idris Elba), to protect the universe from the terrifying stranger.

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There are a few slashes of action-movie flair here and there, most of it thanks to Deschain’s lightning-fast shooting skills. There’s also the odd moment of fish-out-of-water comedy (our hero’s perplexed reactions to things like hot dogs and Coca-Cola) that feel reasonably close to the folksy fantasy of King’s prose. But mostly this is just pedestrian nonsense than ends in shockingly trite fashion. Come back Maximum Overdrive (1986), all is forgiven.. Readmore

I was glad for that moment during the movie, where I allowed myself to mentally wander and self-reflect a bit, because I had grown tremendously bored by that point. And, to me, that was the most telling thing. For over a decade, I could not wait for the day when The Dark Tower books would be made into a movie. And then, the day it came out, only 30 minutes into the movie, I couldn’t wait for it to just be over. Readmore