Directed by: Nikolaj Arcel
Starring: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor
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.
Early last week, I was lucky enough to catch an advance screening of The Dark Tower a few days before the official release date. I had been planning to see the film regardless so I was super excited to be able to see it early and for free! I had every intention of reading the book first, but sadly I just didn’t have the time, however…I think I may just have to pick the first one up after seeing the film adaptation!
What I Liked
The Special Effects. The Dark Tower is filled with fantastic special effects from start to finish! There are alien-like characters that use fake skins to make themselves look more human. There are portals and magic and everything in between. Visually, The Dark Tower was fantastic!
The Pace. The Dark Tower moved so quickly. At times, this wasn’t the greatest as I feel like some key details were skipped over, but we’ll talk more about that in the What I Didn’t Like section below. Other than that, I love when stories move quickly…if it’s done right of course!
Matthew McConaughey. Here’s the thing. I have never really been a big Matthew McConaughey fan. That is until I saw True Detective and Dallas Buyers Club. He deserved more roles like these as I think he’s so much more than just a pretty face that knows how to take his shirt off. I loved him as the Man In Black. He was dark and creepy which is everything that I love…but here’s the thing. There just wasn’t enough of him in this movie, but I’ll get into more detail about that down below. Just know that what there was of Matthew McConaughey, I loved.
What I Didn’t Like
Not Enough McConaughey. As mentioned above, I really liked McConaughey in this role, however…I just don’t think there was enough of him. We didn’t get to see him at peak evil which was a real bummer because he had the potential to be an extremely creepy character. There’s something else I’d like to mention about his character and the end of the film, but spoilers. Just know that I’m not really pleased about it.
The Lack Of Answers. I left that theatre with a bunch of questions, that’s for sure. I feel like there was a lot that was left unanswered or unexplained which really drove me nuts. Again, spoilers…but honestly, would it have killed you to add a little more detail?
The Length. It is literally unheard of for a film to be 90 minutes anymore, unless it’s a children’s film of course. You could feel the movie was wrapping up and it really didn’t feel like we were sitting in the theatre for that long. That’s because we weren’t. If this movie were just a half hour longer, maybe they could have fit in some of those details and answers I was talking about above.
Overall, it felt as though The Dark Tower was lacking something. Some detail? Some answers? Some more evil McConaughey? Who knows. Am I still intrigued by this story? Yes. Will I still be picking up the novel and giving this story a read? Probably! It’s not that The Dark Tower wasn’t good, because it was…it was just missing something.
Thank you for reading!