As with that adaptation of Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ books, The Dark Tower takes
a densely plotted and richly allusive series of novels (Stephen King’s, in this
case), and attempts to rebuild it as a blockbuster that appeals to both fans
and newcomers. Presumably it will go the same route and fail to generate
further reductive, CGI-overloaded movies in future years. Good.
The Dark Tower follows
tweenage lead Jake (Tom Chambers), a troubled lad whose freaky pencil sketches
turn out to be a visions of other worlds – worlds that involve the titular
‘tower’. The tower turns out to be the lynchpin holding the whole universe in
order, and it’s under threat from the Man in Black (Matthew McConnaughey),
whose plan of destruction requires Jake’s involvement.
Fortunately, Jake finds himself under the protection of The
Gunslinger (Idris Elba), a sort of inter-dimensional cowboy. The two fight
monsters and pass through portals on a journey to foil the Man’s plan.
Throughout, McConaughey seemingly does an impersonation of
someone – Benedict Cumberbatch, perhaps, or Kevin Spacey – doing a Matthew
McConaughey impersonation for a late-night chat-show audience. Elba might have
taken his role in order to quash all those James Bond rumours. No one is likely
to think of him as a properly suave or mysterious gunman for a good while.
|What||The Dark Tower film review|
|Where||Various Locations | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
18 Aug 17 – 18 Sep 17, Times vary
|Price||£determined by cinema|
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