A boy haunted by visions of a dark tower from a parallel reality teams up with the tower's disillusioned guardian to stop an evil warlock known as the Man in Black who plans to use the boy to destroy the tower and open the gates of Hell.
11-year-old Jake Chambers experiences visions involving a Man in Black who seeks to destroy a Tower and bring ruin to the Universe while a Gunslinger opposes him. However, Jake's mother, stepfather and psychiatrists dismiss these as dreams resulting from the trauma of his father's death the previous year. At his apartment home in New York City, a group of workers from an alleged psychiatric facility offer to rehabilitate Jake; recognizing them from his visions as monsters wearing human skin, he flees from the workers who give chase. Jake tracks down an abandoned house from one of his visions where he discovers a high-tech portal that leads to a post-apocalyptic world called Mid-World..
Truth be told though not terrible I've never been a fan of The Dark Tower books, I've read 5/7 and though being a huge Stephen King fan I could never seem to get into them.
Upon hearing that The Dark Tower was being turned into a feature movie however I was quite excited, until I heard the casting........until I saw the writer.....and until I saw the trailer. My expectations crumbled and I felt so bad for any real fans of the franchise.
Not only is The Dark Tower not loyal but I've never seen something encapsulate Hollywood so fiercely.
Let's break it down. We have the dark brooding hero (Who wields Excalibur no less) versus a charismatic villain. The good guy is protecting a child who is key to everything and the bad guy has lots of generic monstrous minions to do his bidding? Sound even remotely original?
Top that off with all your usual clichés, Hollywood tropes and 90 minute runtime and you have a seven book epic compacted beyond belief and smeared with cinematic "Magic"
I wanted to like this, I wanted to be proved wrong but this is the biggest mess since Death Note (2017)
McConaughey is great
Not even remotely loyal to the books
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