Producers: Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard, Erica Huggins
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Writer:Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner, Anders Thomas Jensen, Nikolaj Arcel,
Based on The Dark Tower by Stephen King
Cast: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Claudia Kim, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee, Jackie Earle Haley
Before I get on with the rest of this review I would like to quote a small bit of lyric from what was arguably one of the funniest shows on TV.
Just repeat to yourself “It’s just a show, I should really just relax”
Now if you go to this movie thinking that they have through the wonders of Hollywood magic they have been able to condense an eight book series into a ninty minute movie. Go to another movie!
If instead you go into this movie expecting to see common elements of Stephen King’s themes in his books played out on the screen you might enjoy this movie.
The plot is very basic. Idris Elba Is the last gunslinger charged with protecting the Black Tower. The Dark Tower which stands in the center of the multiverse preventing darkness from entering the multiverse. The enemy of all the gunslingers and ultimately the Dark Tower is the man in black played by Matthew McConaughey. And like I said you get references to King’s work. The young boy, Jake Chambers played by Tom Taylor, has the shine (The Shining) and it allows him to see visions of both the gunslinger and the man in black as well as the Dark Tower. This makes him valuable to the man in black because he uses kids with the shine to attack the Dark Tower. The young boy escapes from the man in black’s minions and meets up with the gunslinger. The boy then inspires the gunslinger to continue his quest to protect the Dark Tower.
This is a “western” sci-fi movie similar to Serenity and a few others. And it isn’t the train wreck many have portrayed it to be. I will say that the best part of the movie is Idris Elba but I haven’t seen anything yet that he didn’t impress me by his acting skills.
I am giving this a three star review see it at a matinee or wait for a second run theater.