Dark Tower Review: A Quick Draw Take on A Very Complex Story

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However, in his waking life Jake spends most of his time drawing pictures of what he's seen in his dreams, gets into trouble at school, and is the main issue about which his mother Laurie (Katheryn Winnick) and stepfather argue. Jake has unusual dreams and draws prophetic pictures because he has "the shine" about him - sound familiar? However, since Roland is more focused on getting revenge on Walter, the task proves even more hard.

The upcoming TV adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series has found its showrunner in Glen Mazzara.

In 2007, the team behind Lost, including J.J. Abrams, Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, optioned the book series.

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" ... that's part of a larger problem with The Dark Tower; it's so uninvolved that it feels like nothing actually matters". Or, in this case, a one hour and 35 minute movie. Normally, this type of character would have things explained to him as the movie unfolded.

Maybe. Arcel told IndieWire that he and several others have written a script for the long-gestating TV series based on the fourth book, Wizard and Glass. Since King (who got veto power over everything, adding another layer of approval to the film) wrote the series over so many years it often wanders into itself. With a disregard to character development, or even simply giving the audience a moment to breath in the world, the feeling of watching "The Dark Tower" is like racing through a meal because you are late to an appointment. And McConaughey can play a complicated hero as well as anybody.

It's hard to fault Elba or McConaughey for their performances. The Dark Tower truly ruins its potential by giving the audience a Cliff Notes version of the epic history of the Tower and the men looking to protect and destroy it. Jake has awful nightmares and is compelled to draw the people and places who populate his bad dreams; his mom and his stepfather believe Jake has psychological problems, perhaps as a result of his father's death. For example, the fact that the Gunslinger's guns are forged from some other-realm Excalibur, a unusual tidbit that is mentioned once, and then never touched on again. There's one particular shot of McConaughey that is so misguided in how it's composed, I nearly burst out laughing in the theater. That's exactly what director Nikolai Arcel has attempted to do with The Dark Tower, and while it might not hit the same surreal highs its source material, it's at least a valiant effort.

That, in fact, is the biggest challenge in adapting something as expansive and genre-bending as The Dark Tower: how do you make it stand out from all the other sci-fi and fantasy franchises that indirectly owe their existence to it? But it doesn't take more than 15 minutes to realize that there is no metaphor at work in "The Dark Tower". However, Danish director Nikolaj Arcel famously clashed with the studio, and alongside budget concerns and numerous delays, it has led us to today and the film that we are ultimately left with. There's an unseen otherworld right next to ours, accessible by a hidden portal, and there's an ultimate battle between the forces of darkness and light.

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