Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer. This is both a bold, enjoyable swing, and a commercial miss. The use and abuse of flashback works as a kind of glue to inefficiently gather the gigantic plot gaps. Dark Tower books are a modern cult saga, and it is one that close all the story circles with cohesion and bright, all the loose ends got together as one big shot. Merlin 5.06 "The Dark Tower" TV REVIEW [lots of spoilers right from the start!] Plot of The Dark Tower Movie (Spoilers Ahead) To begin with, we have a kid named Jake Chambers played by Tom Taylor who is having visions about a Man in Black, a Dark Tower, and a Gunslinger. In a movie, the script is your foundation and the script for The Dark Tower is rickety as hell. Honestly, I kind of wish it was. Of course, that child is Jake, who it turns out has the same power as the young man at the center of “The Shining.” He can read minds and other such things that Walter will harness to blow up the tower. I only mention all of this to place the failure of the long-delayed “The Dark Tower” in the right perspective: this isn’t just a mediocre movie—although it is most definitely that—it is a wasted opportunity to fulfill the promise of that opening line from 35 years ago. The movie is a pastiche of buzzwords, disconnected of any sense. Director Nikolaj Arcel has … Stephen King fans, prepare to be disappointed. It is a film that never quite figured out what it wanted to be, and so elected to be nothing much at all. The Dark Tower follows the story of Jake Chambers, a boy from New York who lives with his mother and step-father. Most of what made the novels so flavorful is sucked from the proceedings resulting in a product that commits the biggest sin a film can commit: blandness. Google+. Can't say that I hate this movie as much as some do. The Dark Tower review: "As baffling as it is dull" By Ken McIntyre 08 August 2017. A cold, antiseptic translation of King's world, with only a gruff Elba to inject it with any spark whatsoever. A few other characters flit around the fringe of this thin piece of storytelling, but it’s essentially a three-character piece. None of them are overpowering or unbalancing to the game. He is also a writer for Vulture, The Playlist, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone, and the President of the Chicago Film Critics Association. Barrages of strangeness (such as a wood monster or the spontaneous ability to slow down time) are so poorly defined that they lack all significance to the heroes. And two of those characters are actually pretty well defined. Dark Tower Link; What I like about the Dark Tower. After 10 years the big screen adaption of Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER starring Idris Elba and Matthew Mcconaughey has arrived. As with almost everyone in this film, he’s a device, a way to push the exposition forward to meet a contractually-mandated running time. Here’s what we learn about the movie version of Jake, who is basically like the kid reading "The Neverending Story" in that he constantly tries to explain to the audience what's going on. The Dark Tower Cert: 12A 1hr 35mins Rating: It is not often that I’m tempted to give up on a film after less than 15 seconds but for The Dark Tower I was seriously considering making an exception. La Tour sombre (The Dark Tower) est un film de fantasy et de science-fiction américain réalisé par Nikolaj Arcel, sorti en 2017. How does it fair? The Dark Tower movie mixes a lot of Stephen King novels to spit out an insipid work that is very easy to forget. Dès février 2007, l'écrivain affirme avoir vendu les droits d'adaptation du cycle pour 19 dollars, le nombre 19 étant un élément récurrent dans l'histoire, à J. J. Abrams et Damon Lindelof, cocréateurs de la série Lost : Les Disparus4. Weird humorous bits feel like they have been spliced in, trying to find as big an audience as possible. Stephen King's The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world's most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen. THE DARK TOWER MOVIE REVIEW - It's time for yet another Stephen King book series to come out as a film adaption! Retrouvez infos & avis sur une large sélection de DVD & Blu-ray neufs ou d'occasion. He also has visions of a massive tower, which we learn is basically keeping the order of the universe. Walter wants to destroy this tower, and he knows that there’s a child out there with the power to help him do so. It’s easy to do so with this movie. Jeremy Lebens August 7, 2017 Leave a comment. Twitter. for thematic material including sequences of gun violence and action. … Artifacts themselves are a fascinating addition to any adventure. Livraison gratuite (voir cond.). Writing 7.5. There are other worlds than these. Plagued by reshoots and dogged by rumors of poor test screenings, “The Dark Tower” once looked like it would be one of the more notable failures of 2017. The Dark Tower. L'adaptation du cycle de La Tour sombre de Stephen King a été longtemps en projet avant de se concrétiser. Copyright © Fandango. Someone probably thought that making Roland, the title character of the first book, the lead of the first film wouldn’t satisfy a wide enough demographic. “The Dark Tower” is hollow. The Dark Tower takes bits and pieces of Stephen King's rich mythology to create a bare bones adaptation that will enrage fans and bore everyone else. This adventure has many of them. Get the freshest reviews, news, and more delivered right to your inbox! Comments; Shares. Faint praise, but this movie will take all it can get. Elba brings a nice gravity to Roland that fits the character well, a combination of a man haunted by the ghosts of his past and driven to do what’s right to avenge them. Acting 8. 5.06 "The Dark Tower" Writer: Julian Jones 2 years ago. Our Verdict. The Dark Tower is the fast food equivalent of the summer blockbuster. interminable Stephen King adaptation a uniquely flavorless slog It’s rare that a film so convoluted manages to be so determinedly boring. The Dark Tower running time has Stephen King fans concerned Its likeable child lead Jake (Tom Chambers) has plenty of vim about him. It’s not long before Jake and Roland team up, but Jake questions whether or not his new gun-toting pal is going to help him save the tower or if he just wants vengeance against the man in black. The Dark Tower review: a film working against itself on every level New, 23 comments This is not a terrible movie, but it does feel terribly confused about its audience and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango. A dark tower exists that protects the universe from a demonic apocalypse. These books had vision. The Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey) is locked in an eternal struggle with the Last Gunslinger (Idris Elba), as one tries to bring the tower down and the other tries to defend it. Truncated and jarringly edited, The Dark Tower both feels too long and too short. The Dark Tower is a confused story looking for a theme. So, instead of the origin story of Roland (which will apparently now be told in a television series, also starring Elba), our protagonist here is really Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor), an essential character in the books reimagined here as a troubled New York teen without much of a real personality. The Dark Tower - Review. It is soulless. The first book was actually called The Gunslinger, and it was a relatively small volume of brilliant sci-fi/fantasy that used iconic imagery to begin the crafting of a world that would become as rich as those created by George R. R. Martin or J.R.R Tolkien. ‘The Dark Tower’ Review: You Can’t Do an Epic on the Cheap by Matt Goldberg August 2, 2017 There’s no half-assing a fantasy epic. King brings all his The new artifacts are creative and interesting. The Dark Tower was interesting, but as I said, so much of the story was left out that in the end it was a disappointing film. Pinterest. Facebook. The Dark Tower's seven volumes sound like the perfect fodder for a long-running prestige TV series. And McConaughey dances on the edge of hamming it up in the villain role, reining it in just enough that one can see how well he could have been utilized with a better script and vision for the project. Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password. The Dark Tower series is an incredibly varied set of books, written over the course of more than 30 years - written by a young man starting out on a wholly uncertain writing future - written by an old man looking back on a glittering career - and punctuated by all his experiences, discoveries, epiphanies. Worst of all, it’s clearly been chopped up by those reported reshoots and test screening edits. Facebook. Amazon.fr - Achetez The Dark Tower à petit prix. The Dark Tower takes bits and pieces of Stephen King's rich mythology to create a bare bones adaptation that will enrage fans and bore everyone else. There’s a scene with a demon in a house that just ends and much of the final act material features a Jake who looks a lot closer to puberty than when the movie began. The Dark Tower may not be the best Stephen King adaptation, but it's a worthwhile summer blockbuster with a sci-fi twist and an eye for world-building. Sign up here. Jake has prophetic visions of both the Gunslinger Roland (Elba) and the Man in Black Walter (McConaughey). In these nightmares the Man in Black uses children in a machine to shoot a light at a large, black tower. There’s a scene with a demon in a house that just ends and much of the final act material features a Jake who looks a lot closer to puberty than when the movie began. They used iconic imagery to explore timeless themes. Overall 8.0. They created worlds. The Dark Tower is based on a series of books that’s considered by some to be Stephen King’s crowning achievement. The problems start immediately. Equal parts horror, spaghetti western, and Arthurian myth, the sprawling, epic book series pulls in a multitude of genres to create something that is fantastically unique in its own. As an avid fan of King and his epic work, I find this offensive. A sloppy kind of popcorn entertainment like a McRib you ingest with your eyeballs. Stephen King's The Dark Tower finally gets adapted and hits the big screen! Rated PG-13 And while some may criticize Stephen King’s more populist works, that’s a charge that could never be lobbied at The Dark Tower. First of all, I have to say that this was a massive undertaking from Stephen King and he didn't disappoint ( well, until I got to the ending anyway...) The books are beautifully written and he has managed to create a whole new universe of places and characters whose only relation seems to be that mysterious Dark Tower. [Full review in Spanish]. Spanning eight novels and needing well over one million words, the saga took more than 30 years to craft (the first volume was published in 1982 and the most recent in 2012) and boasts connections to many of the author’s other works. The tower can be destroyed by the mind of a child. Find out! … From the impure perspective of someone who hasn't read King's series, The Dark Tower isn't half-bad. By trying to do both, the movie ends up doing neither. The Dark Tower is the type of film you blind buy out of a clearance bin and enjoy as a one-time watch. If you have a rickety foundation and you build atop it, your structure will collapse. Twitter. Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) directed, and I'm not sure why. The most interesting core elements of the novel have been stripped away, leaving a generic husk of a story structure that will leave those unfamiliar with the books confused and/or bored, with hardcore fans settling in on the homicidal side of enraged. All rights reserved. I got distracted. ( Spoiler Free Review) Well, it's been a few years since I finished reading The Dark Tower Series and I have decided to share a few thoughts. The Dark Tower Movie Review: While The Matrix like action and slowmo bullet battles keep you hooked, the story fails to work on a deeper level as motives remain unexplained (perhaps for … The film, though, just doesn't hang together properly. The Dark Tower sounds to me like a cheap collection of rather tired clichés strung together into a whole which doesn’t offer any emotional depth, any real dramatic colour or compelling musical narrative. It is a film that never quite figured out what it wanted to be, and so elected to be nothing much at all. And Hollywood is obsessed with stories of teenagers who discover their bad dreams or hidden secrets are actually the keys to the salvation of the universe. It is soulless. Although not the misfire it could have been, Arcel's treatment of The Dark Tower is perhaps more sacrilegious than an utterly tone-deaf train wreck because, to be blunt, it's boring. It has its flaws, but its strengths carry it through. 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