Reviewed byMohamed IbrahimVote: 9/10/10
Since when we judge movies based on books! Those two are totallydifferent experiences. I absolutely loved this movie. Simply, one of myfavorites this summer and I would never ever listen to critics again. Iwent to watch other movies based on reviews and left Dark Tower tillthe end and man I wish I watched Dark Tower first. I simply can't waittill the next one. I hope there will be more than one!
Reviewed bygt22350Vote: 8/10/10
My wife and I went to see this movie last night. This is probably theonly review I've done in the past 30 years and that's because I believethis was "UNFAIRLY REVIEWED BY CRITICS", so I'm hoping you'll give thismovie a shot after reading what I have to say.
I almost didn't go because the movie review in USA Today newspaper onlygave it one star. Some of the user reviews here didn't seem veryenthusiastic about the movie either. I'm 67, retired, and a King fan(I've red The Dark Tower books). My wife is 70, retired and not a Kingfan (she hasn't read any of the Dark Tower books). Just to provide someadditional perspective some of the movies we've seen so far this yearand how we rated (in chronological order) The Founder 5, A Dog'sPurpose 5, John Wick Chapter 2 5, Logan 6, Kong; Skull Island 7, Beautyand the Beast 7, Power Rangers 5, The Fate of the Furious 8, Guardiansof the Galaxy 2nd Vol 8, Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Wonder Woman 9,The Mummy 5, Spider Man 6, War for the Planet of the Apes 8, and TheDark Tower 8.
I was worried standing in line to see the movie so when the previousshow got out I started asking people (must have been close to 20) ifthe liked the show. (Would have asked more except my wife was feeling alittle embarrassed.) Everyone said a hearty "Yes" except for one couplewho shook their heads and said, "It wasn't like the books" and gave ita thumbs down. After that I was encouraged and looked forward to seeingthe movie. I figured most of the critics were slamming it because itdidn't follow the books closely. Frankly, from what I've seen, Kingbooks have always had a tough time being translated to the big screen.
Although this movie didn't follow the books "right on" the main gist ofthe plot and characters were there so I wasn't disappointed. Contraryto what some other critical and user reviews have said, the plot wascohesive, well thought out, and had similarities to the book. Theacting was very well done all around, the action was excellent and wasnot jittery or blurry. It's easy to connect to the characters and theemotional points of the plot.
I started with a list of movies we've seen and how we rated so you cancompare how similar, or not, your ratings were to put in perspectivehow likely you'd be to enjoy this movie. I wonder if critics and someusers go to movies for reasons different from ours. We just want to seefun, entertaining, well acted movies that have been filmed and directedby good professionals. The ONLY ding we could give this movie was thatit wasn't done in a manner similar to "Lord of the Rings" where it'scarried out over 3 films with greater detail and depth. That might havebeen better, but maybe not. Regardless, I wish critics would at leastrate movies like this with 2 stars as long as they're fun, well doneand entertaining. There's no way this was a one-star film.
Unless you really need the movie to follow all the outline and plot ofthe books, I'm extremely confident you'll enjoy this movie. It's wellworth going to the show to see. You'll like it!
Reviewed bygotmyorangecrushVote: 4/10/10
This film reminds me of the situation surrounding the making of TheLord of the Rings trilogy. The film was turned down by one studio afteranother as none of the studios wanted to commit to making 3 films. Oneof the studios actually agreed to make it, but only if the script wascondensed into a single film. Thankfully the people that had the rightsand were pitching the films understood that the idea of translating theentire Lord of the Rings trilogy in a single film was a laughableproposition and the end result would have been a terrible film thatwould ultimately do no justice to the source material. They werewilling to bring it down to 2 films instead of 3, but the studio woundup turning them down.
The final studio they approached was New Line and because all of theother studios had turned them down, they pitched it to New Line as a 2film series as opposed to a trilogy. Amazingly, New Line agreed to takeon the project but only if it was made as a trilogy. Clearly someone atNew Line smartly recognized that Lord of the Rings was an amazingproject and the only way to do it right was to make it a trilogy. Andanyone who has read the Lord of the Rings trilogy understands firsthand that there is just way too much material to be condensed into asingle film or even 2 films. And as we all know, the films wound upbeing a HUGE success and made New Line billions. At last look theTrilogy had made more than 6 billion world wide.
Like Lord of the Rings, The Dark Tower series is just way too big to becondensed into a single film. Any film studio that was legitimatelyserious about doing the Dark Tower series justice would understand thatright out of the gate. The Lord of the Rings was 3 books and therunning time for the extended versions of the films was 682 minutes orjust over 11 hours long. .The Dark Tower series is 8 books and many ofthem are BIG books. Anyone who thinks that amount of material can becondensed into a single film is living in la la land. I knew going inthat this was going to be a cheap attempt at making money off ofStephen Kings name and the popularity of The Dark Tower series andthat's exactly what it was. The Dark Tower series is one of my all timefavorite book series, as is Lord of the Rings, and this film isliterally a bad joke compared to the source material. How they gotMatthew McConaughey to sign on to this film when he has had such anamazing run the last 4-5 years is simply beyond my understanding. Iwill never understand how such an amazing writer has had so manyterrible films made from his books.
Bottom line - this was a terrible film, one that does no justice to thesource material at all. If your a fan of the Dark Tower books, doyourself a HUGE favor and skip this film. Its like a bad joke of theDark Tower universe. Everyone involved with this film should be ashamedof being a part of it. The only reason I saw it is because I have anephew than basically begged me to take him to see it and I have toadmit, part of me was curious to see just how bad it really was and inthat regard it didn't disappoint. It was just as bad as I expected itto be. This is Hollywood garbage, nothing more and nothing less. Doyourself a favor and put your money elsewhere.
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.