The Dark Tower
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Based on the best-selling book series by highly-acclaimed author Stephen King. The last Gunslinger, Roland (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the epic battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.
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While Jake's (Tom Taylor) backstory is a bit tampered with too. I am pretty sure in the book, he got to Roland's world by being shoved in front of a car by a mad man. I am sure Jake being obsessed with drawing Roland and his world is from like the 2nd or 3rd book.
The books were quite violent and graphic. With a Western like feel to them. There's not much screenwriter Akiva Goldsman got right. The plot is a incoherent mess that doesn't feel like any of the books. While none of the books are close to PG-13.
The best things about this movie is the Idris Elba and Tom Taylor chemistry. As well as the humor of when Roland tries hotdogs or Soda for the first time.
McConaughey tries hard to play a cold hearted bastard and succeeds on some levels. Maybe because his character does some evil things. I also liked the mind control scenes. Otherwise I think they needed someone like Willem Dafoe who could play evil in his sleep.
All in all, Sony and Akiva Goldsman are where this adaption went wrong. As well as being too short. King's prized possession shouldn't be in the hands of the studio that brought us the Ghostbusters reboot and the Emoji movie.
While Goldsman hasn't adapted one book well. The screenwriter of Batman & Robin shouldn't be allowed near anything Stephen King. Especially The Dark Tower. Adapting the Dark Tower, proved he shouldn't have been near it.
Dark Tower unfortunately is like the Last Airbender where they tried to fit a whole season into one short movie. Except here it was 7 books in one movie. While the planned series sounds like a mess too when apparently it will skip earlier books and go right into book 5 and a in between book King wrote after book 7. Should have exactly started from book 1 with this movie, it's not that hard.
The Dark Tower movie is actually a pseudo sequel to the original series, taking elements from the entire cannon instead of starting with the first book. And one of those elements is the Horn of Eld. In the original series, Roland doesn't have the Horn of Eld until the end of the books, but in the film he is already in possession of the magical object. (For those of you who don't know, the Horn of Eld has the power to reset Roland's journey. Think losing a life on a video game and having to start the level all over again.) Arcel confirmed that Roland's possession of the Horn of Eld does, in fact, mean that the film is a sequel to the books. "The hardcore fans of The Dark Tower series will know that this is actually a sequel to the books in a way," he told Entertainment Weekly (EW). "It has a lot of the same elements, a lot of the same characters, but it is a different journey."
So for my thoughts, i loved every minute of it from start to finish. Great acting, especially from Matthew Mcconaughey. Because of that movie i bought the 8 book box set and will start to read them soon. Hope the Man in Black is as awesome as he is in this movie. I was happy to see it without the whole knowledge and it was fun to see so many references to the other King novels.