The Dark Tower - 2 Stars
It’s…alright, alright, alright…
The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black, 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 ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.
Stephen King’s critically hailed novels have been turned into a movie, clearly designed to spawn a franchise. However, through lacklustre, cliched writing and a sub-par plot it’s unlikely we’ll see more of these characters. After spending years in developmental hell, Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba star. Elba is a phenomenal actor, but his performance in this is lacking. It mostly comes down to lack of character development, there just isn’t any. The film also spends 15 minutes trying to fill us in on 20 years worth of book mythology, which will most likely leave the viewer bamboozled. McConaughey’s performance is excellent, in fact you end up wanting him to win. He’s just generally more likeable than anyone else on screen. His combination of menacing charm and his daunting physicality make a perfect “devil” and really he’s the only good part of the film. Tom Taylor gives a sub-par performance as Jake, overacting 90% of the material.
Overall most will be disappointed.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Sony Pictures