“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” As opening lines go, The Gunslinger’s should be up there with Pride and Prejudice’s universally acknowledged truth for sheer iconicism. We say should be, for Stephen King’s epic fantasy Western always was one of his most underappreciated, and less read.
Hence director Nikolaj Arcel and his screenwriters (plus committee, who had a big hand in this aberration) jettisoning that powerful, brilliant, stark opening in favour of modern-day New York and a teenage protagonist. For those unfamiliar with the books, The Dark Tower won’t be even nearly so offensive. Constant readers will