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The Dark Tower (2017) Adaptation

Recently went to watch this movie, which I had been wanting to see since I saw the preview! Along with Stephen King’s other adaptation It (I have no idea if I’m actually going to watch that one, hehe)

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Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of worlds at stake, two men collide in the ultimate battle between good and evil.


In terms of an adaptation, I think this movie did a good job in the sense that I now want to pick up the books to find out more. We have Jake as our main character, a troubled kid who has nightmares about another world where children are taken by creatures to destroy towers. Unfortunately for him, his family, friends, and classmates all think he’s a tad mad. One day his stepfather finally takes steps to “remedy” this and calls in professional help, unknowing that these people are the creatures Jake sees in his nightmares

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As a character and actor, there’s nothing really special about Jake. He’s just a kid who later turns out to be the key to destroying the towers (single handedly) but he’s kind of emotionally closed off. He’s smart enough to detect details in others, notices when certain circumstances aren’t right, and he’s a quick learner, but none of this makes me feel for his experiences or losses. I was impressed with his acting in that it didn’t feel forced, which I usually expect from non asian child actors (korean child actors will rip your hearts out with their acting #cries)

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We also had Walter, the antagonist magician who was kidnapping the kiddies, and Roland, our good guy gunslinger vying for revenge. Out of the two I felt more connected to Roland but goddamn, Walter had some really cruel moments as well. I think they played their roles well for the whole movie, except perhaps for the final showdown. The final showdown just felt kind of rushed, though Roland’s last move was pretty impressive

The thing I liked the most about this movie was actually the concept of the different worlds, the tower, and how it came to life in the film. Nothing is really explained when we first come into the movie and we’re left to piece certain things together. Are Jake’s dreams only dreams or are they real? But the movie doesn’t leave us hanging. We do get the information we need but not spoonfed to us

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I was a bit disappointed in the end but I’m curious about what comes next and if all the books will be adapted. Will Jake come back later on? Does he kind of just disappear now? Is he going to become a gunslinger? Who is the next bad guy? Etc, etc.


PROS

+ Interesting concept and world brought to life in a way that makes me interested to know more

+ I like how the magic isn’t exaggerated or made so grand. Very subtle stuff happening and done clear enough where we’re not wondering what’s happening

NEUTRAL

~ Acting isn’t bad or good

~ The way the story is told is also ok. Nothing fancy done, very linear

CONS

– The acting and little background to characters makes it hard for me to truly care for them (with the exception of one person)

– Very typical revenge story (fits the mold, no surprises, no anything)

– Ending feels rushed


Overall, I did enjoy going to watch this movie. It had some funny parts which I kind of expected since Roland was going to a different world, and what usually happens then? Funny stuff. I do have 3 credits on Audible so I’m thinking of getting the first book to see if there’s more stuff we didn’t get from the movie. I ended up rating this a 6/10 for average. It wasn’t good, it wasn’t bad and if you don’t go watch it, I wouldn’t say you’re missing out on much


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1 Comment »

  1. I wondered how they would go adapting this into a movie. Seems like they didn’t totally destroy it but like a lot of other adaptations they haven’t done anything overly fantastic either. Thanks for sharing.

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