"The Dark Tower" Film Review

A New Film from the Mind of Stephen King

Idris Elba in Stephen King's "The Dark Tower"

Sony Pictures and director Nikolaj Arcel brings audiences the latest adaption of one of Stephen King’s popular book series, The Dark Tower, now in theaters.

I've never read any of the books that create The Dark Tower series. I went into this movie knowing nothing about it, but the trailers had me intrigued, and you can’t go wrong with Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba.

The film begins by introducing us to Jack Chambers (Tom Taylor), a young boy with unique visions of a Man in Black, a man who knows his way around a gun, disturbing creatures who wear human skin, and a looming dark tower being attacked by a machine that uses the drained energy from kidnapped kids.

Vikings’ star Katheryn Winnick plays Jack’s mother who tries her best to be understanding. Taylor is great in the role of Jack, creating a strong, resourceful, and sometimes naive character who gets caught up in all the madness thanks to his visions. Taylor mostly interacts with Idris Elba throughout the majority of the film and their chemistry gives the film most of its comical and heartfelt moments.

No one does villainy quite like McConaughey as he takes on the role of Walter, better known as the Man in Black. He does a perfect job creating a character that is the personification of evil ( or a sorcerer, as he is called in the film). He is the one who rules over the many realms that inhabit this universe and is the one who is behind the kidnapping of kids.

Idris Elba was a great choice to play Gunslinger Roland as he is able to take one the physical and emotional aspects of the character as he is the last of the gunslingers. The scenes between Elba and McConaughey are excellent and intense, and their epic final battle scene was beautifully shot and choreographed.

A lot of times it’s difficult to create a franchise opener that will hold its own and get enough buzz to keep the franchise going (take the Divergent series, for example). But director and co-writer Nikolaj Arcel did a great job at setting the groundwork for a franchise, and I hope we get to see more of this story in future films.

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