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The Dark Tower - Written Movie Review (Eddie's Thoughts)


Eddie here. Today I'm reviewing the 2017 fantasy film The Dark Tower directed by Nikolaj Arcel and based on a series of novels written by Stephen King. It stars Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Jackie Earle Haley, and among others. Roland Deschin (Idris Elba) , the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim (Matthew McConaughey) , also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from destroying the Dark Tower, the key that holds all universes together. With the fate of the world at stake, the two men collide in an ultimate battle between good and evil. When I heard they were making a Dark Tower film , I was really looking forward to seeing it. I thought this film was okay, but at the same time, I was a little disappointed with it. The film feels very standard and I felt like I had seen similar formats before used in dozens of other past films. I thought the cast was fantastic and the cinematography was great. The story was ok but there was nothing that really stuck out for me. The film doesn't really go into much detail of the history about this world, which is an issue because this film takes place supposedly after all the other Stephen King novels or somewhere in between. Not being much of a book reader, it really confuses me on what I'm watching so I think this film best suits people who've read the novels. Though, before I watched this film, I did read a generalization on what the books are about. It helped, but it still wasn't enough. I was disappointed in how we hardly get to spend time in this world, which was incredibly disappointing. The world is too big for it to be told in one movie, especially with a standard running time. Common sense tells you that Dark Tower would work best as a TV or Netflix series. The fight scenes were pretty cool, but again, nothing that really stuck out for me. I did like The Shining connection and the small scene showing a run-down carnival with Pennywise's name on it. The film wasn't too bad but very forgettable in the end. I'm going to give The Dark Tower a 5.5/10. What were your thoughts about this film? Leave me a comment below and I'll see you on my next review. Also feel free to check out Justin's review of the flick on YouTube as well: https://youtu.be/LGeVX6H4uTI.


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