Friday, September 29, 2017

Friday Flicks: The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower
Rating ★★★★

What It's About
Another Stephen King book made into a movie. There's a magical tower that holds the universe together. Roland, a Gunslinger, is sworn to protect the tower and The Man In Black is determined to destroy it. There's a prophecy that a child's mind is the only thing that can destroy the tower so, of course, The Man In Black is kidnapping kids from different universes and trying to use them. But he needs to find THE kid. Enter the plucky but tormented Jake, who's been plagued with dreams and visions of the Tower and The Man In Black since his father died. Jake's mom is at her wits end and, wanting to help, has decided to send Jake off to a type of "psychiatric camp" for troubled kids. Little does she know that the people who run the camp are actually working for The Man In Black and she's sending her kid to his doom. Taking matters into his own hands, Jake discovers a portal to another realm where he finds Roland and the two join forces to the stop The Man In Black.

I actually saw this movie some time ago. I wanted to review it on here but was trying to keep up with the latest movies so I figured I'd just have to skip a review. However, I was out of town this weekend and didn't go see a movie with my husband this week so I'm using this opportunity to review this one. And I'm happy I get to review it because. I really liked it.

Full disclosure. I have not read the books this movie is based on. I tell you this because I could tell just from watching it and without researching it that the book fans were going to HATE this movie. And I think it's safe to say they did. I, however, had nothing to compare it to and while I thought some parts were maybe a little hokey, it was a very fun, entertaining film.

Newer star Idris Elba did a good job of being a serious, kick ass hero who managed a few comedic moments with his younger co-actor beautifully.

While, I almost didn't see the movie because they cast McConaughey as the villain, (sorry, not sorry) I didn't mind him as much as I thought I would. I expected to find him annoying and doing his usual overacting theatrics but he wasn't too bad. I still

thought he had too much screen time but all in all found him tolerable.

I haven't seen the young kid that played Jake in anything else, I don't think, and I really liked him. He did a great job of being tormented, funny and the unwilling hero.I was impressed.

The story was a fun fantasy that now has me interested in the books. So if nothing else, the book readers who hated the movie benefit from this one because now those of us who've seen it want to read the books. Now they'll have more fans in their club, right?

Let's Talk
Strange topic but what are your feelings on McConaughey? The man drives me nuts. I used to like him but now I think he's only typecast in movies and can NOT get rid of that western slang no matter what role he's playing.

See it in theaters.

Stay tuned for the last few seconds of this trailer. It's worth it. ;)


  1. I've always wondered what this was about since I've never read the book. It sounds good. I'm kinda mixed on McConaughey, he's okay but I haven't seen him in anything lately? I remember after seeing him in Dazed and Confused a few years ago I always thought of that role when I saw him lol.

    1. He acts the same in everything so if you've seen one you've seen them all. ;)

    2. Ha ha that made me laugh :)

  2. I'm curious about this series since it's written by King. I knew this is a bit different from his other books so probably that's why I wasn't in a hurry to pick it up. I'm glad you enjoyed the movie and that it has made you want to read the books.

  3. Yay! I'm glad you liked it so much (which I already knew from Twitter). It was so awesome! :D

    1. Yeah. Did you watch the preview? You'll like the ending.

  4. I've been wanting to see this ever since it came out! I have read the book though (I'm in the middle of the whole series) so I don't know if I'll actually like it or not. The book is fairly long and complex and already from your summary, I can see that they shortened up the plot a little. I have mixed feelings on McConaughey as well. In certain movies (like We Are Marshall) I really like him but in others (like Kubo and the Two Strings), not so much. Lovely review, Jenny!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. I'd be interested to see if you like the movie after having read the books.