Fit for a king!
The Dark Tower is a continuation of Stephen King’s novels of the same name. It is a science-fiction fantasy horror film with a main protagonist, the Gunslinger, inspired by western movie heroes. A lot of clues are dropped left and right for Stephen King fans. You get some numerology, pictures of familiar places, creepy ruins, landmarks and so on, so forth.
Idris Elba plays Roland, a man who aims well, shoots fast and reloads even faster. He’s a good actor but his character lacks depth. His arc is rather limited. His ally, a kid with “The Shine”, a psychic ability, is played by Tom Taylor who goes through a wide range of emotions. McConaughey plays their nemesis, the Man in Black, an important figure in King’s work. He does a decent job.
This film is extremely dense and will probably appear very convoluted to those who don’t get the King references. At least, you shouldn’t get bored since this is a succession of action scenes and a tapestry of computer generated madness. The Dark Tower simply can’t please everyone, but it sure tries to. In the end, it feels somewhat incomplete and that usually opens the door to a sequel.