MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Dark Tower’ proves the book series can make a good film | Entertainment – Arizona News

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Dark Tower’ proves the book series can make a good film | Entertainment – Arizona News

The Dark Tower

(PG-13)

3 1/2 out of 4 stars

“The Dark Tower” is a tale where the fate of not only this world but all worlds are at stake.

Director Nikolaj Arcel (“A Royal Affair”) helms this adaptation of best-selling author Stephen King’s magnum opus. In the film, we quickly meet Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor, “Broken Hearts,” TV’s “The Last Kingdom”), a teenage boy who draws pictures from his disturbing dreams — a tower, a man in black and a gunslinger. The drawings and his behavior at school make his mother and stepfather question his mental health, causing them to enlist the services of an inpatient facility.

Jake instead ends up in Mid-World, a ravaged reflection of Earth. There he meets Roland (Idris Elba, “Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom,” “Thor” series), the gunslinger from his dreams. Roland’s quest is simple: vengeance against Walter, the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey, “Free State of Jones”). Roland, upon hearing of Jake’s dreams, seeks the assistance of a seer to interpret Jake’s drawings, as they may lead him to Walter. Walter, meanwhile, aims to destroy the titular Dark Tower, which affords all worlds within its sphere protection, and soon takes notice of Jake, who may well help him further his goal.

McConaughey’s Walter is well acted and is a truly threatening adversary to our protagonists. He imbues the character with a relentless drive toward his dark purpose, and radiates sinister charisma.

Elba, too, does good work as Roland. The character isn’t the most charismatic in the…

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