“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.”
Honestly, I wasn’t aware of the fact that Stephen King ever wrote a book that didn’t serve any kind of horror cliché. That said, I couldn’t have been more surprised when I read about this movie, based on a series of eight! books, written by Mister Horror himself and with zero likelyhood for me to have nightmares about clowns and pet cementeries afterwards.
So, when my friends asked me to join them on Saturday to go and see The Dark Tower, I said yes – or maybe it was something like: “The critics aren’t that good and it’s a Stephen King and why can’t we go and watch the Emoji movie???” before they dragged me into the car and locked the doors ….
My above mentioned hesitation didn’t only revolve from bad critics I read some days before, the fact it’s a King and a trailer that didn’t quite knock me off my feet, it was also the disbelief that they squeezed and squashed eight books into one movie. I mean: How? And why? And what?!?
To be fair, I haven’t read any of the books, so I cannot judge on that matter. I simply don’t know if the movie does them justice or if it is a complete fail on the series. But what I can judge, is what I saw:
Idris Elba, playing a gunslinger (with no clue what a Hotdog is) was – as always – a joy to watch. He is an amazing actor and I loved how he portrayed Roland, a guy who’s only purpose left in life is to find and kill an evil sorcerer called Walter, played by Matthew McConaughey. McConaughey for once playing the bad guy, was a change I welcomed. Child actor Tom Taylor as Jake, did a really good job too. He harmonized very well with Elba and they made a good combo.
The plot wasn’t mind blowing. It was flat, simple in an attempt to not be simple but seemingly complex and the end came too fast and to be honest, not fast enough for me. And the way it all ended, seemed way too easy, after the – as said in the summary – eternal battle between the two parties:
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.
To sum it up: The Dark Tower is a movie you can watch when there is nothing better happening in your life. But I personally wouldn’t want to watch it again.
For me it would be interesting to know what people who have actually read all eight books say about the movie. Anyone read and watched it?