Review in Brief: The Dark Tower (2017)

The most disappointing thing about THE DARK TOWER is what might have been. Of course you can’t judge a hypothetical movie, only what was actually released, and what was released has been considerably cut down. A fascinating premise, dense mythology and references to Stephen King’s worlds aplenty are skimmed over and rarely leave an impression. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey are both good shouts for their respective roles, but rarely get the chance to show off. It still just about works on a basic level, with a decent action finale and glimmers of visual invention, but with so little time for anything to register (as the maddeningly fleeting references to the prolific writer’s works attest to) this ends up being the tamest and among the least satisfying of all King adaptations. You’re likely not going to remember much and you certainly won’t be seeing a sequel. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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