REVIEW: ‘THE DARK TOWER’

Now you should probably know going into this that I’m only vaguely familiar with the books, mainly from spotting early Dave McKean cover art on early releases in the book store, and I’ve never read THE DARK TOWER books as a whole… well, with the exception of a couple volumes of the MARVEL adaptations… but Peter David is definitely no Stephen King. I mainly bought and read them for Jae Lee’s art, which was FANTASTIC! But those readings were a faint memory seeing this movie.

But basically I saw this movie with virgin eyes, and I LOVED IT. 

That said, if you’re a hard core fan of the books, even with no frame of reference, I’m pretty sure you’ll hate this movie. Just from watching it, it definitely felt like it was made of a mass market audience. But for the purists, if you’re willing to give it a chance, supposedly Sony, MRC and Stephen King all hand to be in agreement on choices made. So the author has signed off on it. So that has to be worth something?

But the movie itself? I know early reviews have been less than stellar for the movie. But I thought it was so much fun. Such a great blend of sci-fi & fantasy to create this world. And as for the story? I felt like it had two plot lines going: 1) a fallen hero rediscovering their purpose, and 2) a coming of age story where a child comes into their powers… both story concepts I’ve always been a big fan of. And THE DARK TOWER blends the two beautifully.

But if you’re not familiar with THE DARK TOWER, here’s a quick rundown for the movie:

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious story from one of the world’s most-celebrated authors, makes its long-awaited launch to the big screen, starring Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black. Sharing an ancient vendetta, they must fight to the death in this epic battle over the fate of the All-World Universe.

For me, in a world of really dumb down movies to movies that are entirely WAY too over-complicated. I thought this was a wonderfully done, character driven, straight forward movie that hits on all fronts.

Despite majority reviews, I do hope you’ll give this one a chance.