Friday, August 4, 2017
The Dark Tower Review: Loose Adaption Makes For An Entertaining Adventure
The Dark Tower centers on Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor): a young boy who dreams of another world, a man in black and a gunslinger. While everyone thinks he is just imagining things, Jake's vision are in fact real as he inadvertently travels a world known as Mid World. Arriving in this new dimension Jake meets Roland Deschain (Idris Elba): the famed gunslinger that Jake has had visions about. Roland wanders Mid World in order to find Man in Black Walter (Matthew McConaughey) and get his revenge on the sorcerer. Despite the gunslinger's reluctance Roland and Jake travel through Mid World to find Walter and end the sorcerer's tyranny, but this mission is easier said than done as Walter seeks to use Jake's abilities so he can destroy the Dark Tower and release the darkness that will wipe out all of existence.
When it comes down to it, it seems that The Dark Tower's objective was to introduce moviegoers to this new worlds, and if that was the case then the movie did succeed; but not graciously mind you. Because of its rushed execution The Dark Tower did falter from being a standout film. However the movie managed to make up for its faults thanks to its captivating elements, leads, tone and sense of adventure. Perhaps The Dark Tower is not the breakout film of the season (let alone year), but for it was this summer blockbuster managed to be an entertaining experience that certainly has the potential to be something greater.