After years of waiting, fans finally have the film adaption of The Dark Tower written by Stephen King. The film has been in development hell for years with directors like Ron Howard and J.J Abrams attached to the project but nothing happened. It wasn’t until recently that the movie finally got made and was intended to launch not only a franchise but a tv show. So after years of hype does The Dark Tower live up to the excitement.
Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, the movie is about Jake (Tom Taylor) who has been having routinely dreams that involve a tower. The Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey) wants to destroy the tower so he can unleash hell on our world. When Jake meets up with the Gunslinger (Idris Elba), they team up to stop the destruction of the dark tower.
Both Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey give some great performances as their presences are definitely felt throughout the movie. It’s a shame that Idris Elba isn’t such a huge name because he’s a great actor. Even with the problems this movie has, he always outshines. Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black was an absolute delight because you can tell he was having fun being bad. There was this swagger to him that was infectious that light up the screen every time he was on. Even Tom Taylor whose’s not only a newcomer but a child actor did a good job.
The design of the Mid-World was different than what I was expecting. From the first shot, it shows a suburban town on like a crater which did catch my eye. We get a taste of the Mid-World but not enough that we know about that world. Also, the costumes from the Gunslinger and the Man in Black are so awesome. From the western clothes to the straight black trench coat, I wouldn’t be opposed to cosplay as them.
Now I have never read the book but it’s probably longer than the Bible. So naturally, you would think the runtime would be long to fit everything in but it clocks in at 95 minutes. Surprisingly the movie should have been longer because it feels very rushed. You never have a moment to catch your breath and instead have to take in a lot of information that isn’t explained. This hurts not only the people who are newcomers to the series but loyal fans as well. I was confused at the unexplained mythology while fans were peeved at moments being glanced over. Hopefully, if the tv show gets made then the gaps will be filled in.
Despite that, I was pretty invested in The Dark Tower. With good performances and designs, the movie has still stuck with me despite its confusing moments. If there the tv show is going to happen then after seeing this movie, I’m down for that.
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