The Dark Tower
Release Year: 2017
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Writers: Nokilaj Arcel (screenplay), Anders Thomas Jensen (screenplay), Akiva Goldsman (screenplay), Jeff Pinkner (screenplay), Stephen King (based on his Dark Tower novels)
Starring: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Dennis Haysbert, Claudia Kim, Jackie Earle Haley, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee, Katheryn Winnick, Nicholas Pauling, Michal Barbieri, Karl Thaning
The last gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) is locked in a battle with The Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey) revolving around the titular tower which holds all worlds of the universe in place. A young boy living in New York becomes an important piece of the puzzles and now Roland must try to save him.
The movie adaptation of Stephen King’s epic fantasy/western/horror series The Dark Tower has been a long time coming. It started as a huge multible film and tv series deal headed by Ron Howard, but ended in just one film, at least so far. The Danish duo Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair, 2012) and Anders Thomas Jensen (The Green Butchers, 2003) got the ungrateful job of condencing this massive storyline into a single movie and the result is uneven but decent enough considering the tak at hand. They have actually managed to make a self-contained story that makes sense and still have elements from most of the books. However, considering how epic the story is and how much world-building naturally follows, it is simply baffling that they have chosen to do a 90 minute movie instead of say a 150 minute movie. Much of the story is set in our world, resulting in some fish-out-of-water comedy and there a some visually thrilling dual scenes. Both Elba (Star Trek Beyond, 2016) and McConnaughey (Mud, 2012) are good as Roland and The Man in Black respectively, but one is left with a feeling that there is a lot of untapped potential here. A good effort but ultimately disappointing,
Stephen King, author of the epic book series on which The Dark Tower is based, once stated that Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) were the major inspirations for him.
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