The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.
|Release Date||:||August 3, 2017|
|Genres||:||Action, Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, Western|
|Production Company||:||Imagine Entertainment, Weed Road Pictures, Media Rights Capital, Sony Pictures Entertainment|
|Production Countries||:||South Africa, United States of America|
|Director||:||Nikolaj Arcel, Hercules Malan, Isabel Martens, David H. Venghaus Jr., Morag Cameron, Bernard L. Eatmon, Susan Malerstein, Carien Schutte|
|Writers||:||Nikolaj Arcel, Akiva Goldsman, Anders Thomas Jensen, Jeff Pinkner, Stephen King|
|Casts||:||Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Claudia Kim, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee, Jackie Earle Haley, Katheryn Winnick, Dennis Haysbert, Michael Barbieri, José Zúñiga, Alex McGregor, Nicholas Hamilton, De-Wet Nagel, Nicholas Pauling, Eva Kaminsky, Robbie McLean, Matthew Thomson, Karl Thaning, Lemogang Tsipa, Robert Whitehead, Leeanda Reddy, Kenneth Fok, Charlize Churcher, Victoria Nowak, Ben Gavin, Sara Cicilian, Lara Adine Lipschitz, Ella Gabriel, Jabari Gray, Paul Riley Fox, Adison Eisenberg, Mark Elderkin, Joe Vaz, Christopher Stein, Andre Robinson, Alfredo Narciso, Dan Hirst, Naomi Poremba, Savana Tardieu, Zak Rowlands, Christiaan Schoombie, Dominique Danielle, David Casper Smith, Keci Eatock, Jake Greenlee, Jay-Jay Botha, Marmee Cosico, Bill Walters, Samantha Willoughby|
|Plot Keywords||:||gunslinger, based on novel, stephen king|
I've been a Stephen King fan since my sister introduced me to his writing more years ago than I care to admit. Ultimately, I loved the Dark Tower series. To say I had an initial bad reaction to the series ending (a twenty minute profanity laden tear) is something of an understatement. While some of the films based on King's work haven't lived up to their potential, I had high hopes that this one wouldn't fall into that category.
Blessedly, the folks behind The Dark Tower haven't not forgotten the faces of their fathers and have delivered a spectacular film version of the novel. Breaking my movie curse and reigning supreme in the process!
Not surprisingly the film is quite different from the book. However, it perfectly captures the essence/spirit of the story, characters, and themes without missing a beat, in an expertly pared down amalgamated version of the original source material. Moreover, if you've never read the book(s), don't worry. You won't be lost, all the pertinent points are hit and you will enjoy the story. If you have read the book(s) and/or are familiar with King's other works, bonus!! You won't be disappointed and there's the added enjoyment of the film being chock-full of Easter eggs as a homage/reward to the Constant Reader.
The casting is perfect. Idris Elba as The Gunslinger and Mathew McConaughey as The Man In Black meet and exceed expectations in their respective portrayals. A pure delight to watch these two in this one. Going in my only worry was for the character of Jake Chambers, played by Tom Taylor. I'm unfamiliar with Taylor's work, but this kid delivers, big league.
The writing is A-rated. As is the editing, special effects, and cinematography. While the storyline is dark as most apocalyptic tales are, it's never brooding or depressing. It also contains a good amount of laugh out loud humor to keep things from becoming morose. I found this action packed film thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining, and thrilling from beginning to end. At a mere 94 minutes running time, I never felt rushed or cheated. In fact, I appreciate them not padding the film out and dragging it down as a result.
No, The Dark Tower isn't a direct adaptation of the book(s), get over it. However, I don't feel it suffers as its own film as a result.
I also love the fact the way things ended, it can be a standalone, one and done film, or we can delve back into the world of The Gunslinger. After all, there are other worlds than these. I for one am hoping for the latter. In the interim, I look forward to adding The Dark Tower to my film collection and many repeated viewings.
For your father's sake, cry off and see this in the theater. It's a 10 from me.