The Dark Tower Review: Fast Paced & Entertaining #DarkTowerMovie

By 8/06/2017 12:11:00 PM ,

After watching an early screening of THE DARK TOWER, the film version of Stephen King’s book series, I left the theater with more questions about the films original story-line. I may be in the minority, given the recent critics reviews of the film, but if anything, the movie has made me want to read the novels to have a better understanding of the story arc and characters.

I was invited as media to this screening. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Written by Christina Chin, who's hip, fashionable and located in New York City.

Since I haven't read the novels, I went into the movie with no preconceptions. I found the movie very quick paced (an incredibly short 95 minutes!) but still entertaining for a fantasy action fan like myself.


I enjoyed Idris Elba’s world weary Roland character and his interaction with Jake, as he became a somewhat reluctant mentor and guardian throughout the movie. There's also funny moments, when Jake takes him to ‘Keystone Earth’ from his Mid-World and has to show him how to blend in better.

The action was quick paced and the special fx were fantastic, especially Roland’s ability to reload his guns. I think moviegoers will be entertained as long as you don’t start looking for explanations. There’s not a lot of exposition or backstory but there are gunfights, monsters and two very good looking lead actors if you are looking for a quick summer popcorn flick.

The film is centered around a young boy Jake (Tom Taylor), a New York city teen with psychic abilities that envisions the Gunslinger Roland (Idris Elba), the Tower, and the Man in Black (MIB - Matthew McConaughey) who wants to destroy it.

He believes otherworldly beings wearing human faces are kidnapping kids for the MIB to use their psychic abilities to blast psychic beams at the Tower. When they inevitably come for him, Jake uses his knowledge to escape and head through a multi-dimensional portal to find the Gunslinger, learn about the Tower and ultimately stop the MIB from destroying it.


The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), 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.

Cast: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Claudia Kim, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee and Jackie Earle Haley

THE DARK TOWER - Official Trailer

Directed by: Nikolaj Arcel
Written by: Akiva Goldsman & Jeff Pinkner and Anders Thomas Jensen & Nikolaj Arcel
Based on the Novels by: Stephen King
Produced by: Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard, Erica Huggins
Executive Producer: G. Mac Brown

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