The Dark Tower (2017)
***No real spoilers***
I have never read the series of eight books by Stephen King that tell this convoluted tale of good versus evil. Had I done so, I doubt I would have expected one film to be able to encompass such a massive work. This was the second film brought by my stepson to watch over the Christmas period, and I settled down to see what I would make of it, bearing in mind I would never have chosen to watch it otherwise. I tried to put away my usual dislike of such fantasy epics featuring child actors, and some big name stars in unfamiliar roles.
But that wasn’t a very easy thing to do.
As a film, this is a simple story of the eternal battle of good versus evil, as each force tries to dominate the world. There is a suitably wicked baddie, (played by Matthew McConaughey) opposing a weary good guy, known as The Gunslinger. ( A familiar Idris Elba) A psychic young boy has visions of other worlds, the powers of darkness, and The Gunslinger. He draws pictures of them, and tells his parents of his discoveries. They fear for his sanity, and arrange for him to be taken to a psychiatric hospital. Then the action begins…
For me, there was absolutely nothing original in this film.
A boy in peril.
A boy who knows too much.
A boy who must save the world.
Hidden portals that allow people to cross into other dimensions.
Humble civilisations in another dimension, living in fear of an evil being.
A hero who must battle against overwhelming odds to help the boy succeed.
That same hero out of his depth in modern-day American society, with some amusing results.
Hidden dimensions harbouring legions of evil lackeys, hunting the boy and the gunslinger.
A ‘will they won’t they succeed?’ plot running through the entire film.
And that, as they say, is that.
If you like that sort of thing, you will no doubt enjoy it. Enough said.
Here’s a trailer.