Monday 21 August 2017

Film Review: The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower
21 August 2017
95 mins
Nikolaj Arcel (Director)
Idris Elba, Tom Taylor, Matthew McConaughey

The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.
(IMDB Synopsis)

I wanted to love The Dark Tower more than I did. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it--I did--but there wasn't quite enough backstory narrative for my liking. I came to this film not having read the books, and the movie gave me just enough background on Roland for me to get behind him. However, all we know about Walter is that he's evil and wants to topple the tower and unleash the demons. At no point are we told his motivation for this, and that left him feeling a little two-dimensional despite McConaughey's generally good and creepy performance. I enjoyed all the action and fantasy adventure; I simply wish there'd been a little more depth. I understand they are doing a TV series prequel, so maybe that will reveal more, but we really needed something in the film also--even just a glimpse--to give a point to Walter's actions. That said, I would still watch it again, and I am now inspired to pick up the books and give them a try. I read a lot of Stephen King in my teens--all the old full-horror stuff--so I think it would be good to get a taste of some of his more recent work. Overall, I would give this 3.5 stars.

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