Film Review - The Dark Tower





**Disclaimer: I have not read any of the books in this series. People who have read the books may have a different viewpoint of this movie from mine.

Synopsis (from IMDB): 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.



I am not going to lie, I enjoyed this film. From my understanding, there is a lot that was left out of the books but as someone who has not read the books, the movie told a story that I could follow. I will say this that the movie does start off a little slow but it does pick up when the Gunslinger shows up. As far as Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba are concerned, I thought they were great in their roles. The Man in Black is channeling Killgrave as some of the stuff that he does is evil and funny to me. I don't agree with some critics about the action scenes as I thought they were done very well. Especially, the shootout scenes that were in the movie. I also liked some of the CG in the movie as I thought that it was done well especially for how much they spent on this movie. This movie had a budget of 66 million and I think that it looks great. I also liked the fantasy aspect of the movie, the design of some of the characters were pretty cool and they had some hints of that Stephen King flair that we all love so much.


I did have a few issues with the movie as well. First, I thought that it started off a little slow and took a while to get going. Normally, this isn't a bad thing but this is a short movie and you feel the slowness in the beginning. Secondly, I thought that some of the dialogue was pretty bad. Once again I have not read the books so I don't know if it is like that in the books but some of it was pretty horrible. Lastly, I feel like the movie should have been a little longer. I think that they may have edited the movie down a little too much and there may be a couple of scenes that are missing that could help to flesh out the story or at least some of the characters a little more.


For Parents
The movie is PG-13 and for a movie based on a Stephen King book, it's pretty tame. It is a standard action fantasy movie, some critics have compared it to a YA movie. The movie is only an hour and thirty-five minutes and outside of the beginning that feels slow, the movie does move at a good pace.




Final Thoughts
I enjoyed the movie overall and thought that while it had its problems it was entertaining. I am giving this one a MATINEE. I do think that the way this movie ended they can make a sequel out of it. I know that it has gotten a lot of bad critic reviews but one never knows what could happen. I wouldn't mind seeing a sequel and I think that people who watch it probably wouldn't mind either. Have you seen Dark Tower? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments and as always thanks for reading.



Trailer


Images via IMDB