The Dark Tower, a movie review

A movie review written by Lee Sonogan

1hr35min (2017) Action, adventure, fantasy

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Roland Deschain: I do not aim with my hand. He who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I aim with my eye. I do not shoot with my hand. He who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I shoot with my mind. I do not kill with my gun. He who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father. I kill with my heart.

Not until I found a DVD copy of this movie, I now have seen this film in its entirety. Excited to check out what the Stephen King’s film adaptation is about, the cast alone is enough to intrigue you. From Idris Elba to Matthew McConaughey, each actor portrays a character in a reflective dimension world. From researching beforehand, the trailer and the $66 million dollar budget made me and everyone else have high expectations.

IMDB explains this movie as: 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. Influenced by the eight-book series written by Stephen King, this was his first well known consistent fantasy collection of stories.

Answering the elephant in the room, how did it compare to the books? And at the same time, how was this movie received from its audience? The critics gave it a mixed reaction in fair arguments while not personally reading the books myself, some people commented that it did not remain loyal to the original source material.

In my opinion, it is somewhat of a teenage fantasy story. Where the kid takes priority over the more interesting characters. For what Matthew McConahey and Idris Elba were able to do in their performances were good although lacked the character depth needed. Then the overall story would be more appreciated by myself and those who have negatively reviewed how its delivery and engagement was.

It saddens me to comment that this was one of the worse Stephen King adaptations made. Any memorable scene that it did have involved the Man In Black played by Mathew McConahey who made the best out of the opportunity. Needed to be longer, as visually appealing as it was, and mainly an even darker tone to its style to be valued any more than what I am going to rate it. Regardless, it was still successfully able to make over $113 million at the box office.


Man in Black: You have nothing to be afraid of, my friend. Death is not far away. You wanna know what’s on the other side? Can you see it? Of course you can’t, because nothing is there. It’s all a lie.

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