One movie a ton of fans have been waiting for is the film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. That’s great and all, but I never read this book, so I have no expectations that’ll influence my experience one way or another. A lot of people saw this film as a disappointment. After watching it, though, I have a tough time distinguishing anything that could be considered a disappointment…at all… except maybe Matthew McConaughey. Let’s get into that.
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. – IMDb
Remarkably, one of the first things that came to mind while watching this film was Last Action Hero. There is an innocence and wonder with the kid in both movies, they wander into a magical and unexplainable world in both movies, and finally, there is a strong hero that needs the innocence of the boy to help save the day. As a bonus, the hero steps into our world and it is a fish-out-of-water moment. I love this movie because of the similarities and I love it because it’s an all-around epic film. How could anybody find fault in it? I’m flabbergasted. Absolutely flabbergasted.
Of course, these are just my first impressions, though. Let’s go ahead and break down The Dark Tower to interpret the stars!
Title – Dark Tower, The
Year – 2017
Genres – Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Possible Awards – Visuals, Adaptation, Surprising, Superhero-of-the-Year
PEOPLE SCORE – 10/10
Acting – 2|Characters – 2|Casting – 2|Importance – 2|Chemistry – 2
First up, we have the people category, starting off with the subcategory of acting, and thankfully, the acting was noticeably great. These characters were diverse, unique, and most importantly, memorable. I am convinced that nobody else can play these characters. They are perfect for these roles. Absolutely every character in this film seemingly had an important role adding to the direction of the plot, I was impressed. They had a reason, they had a purpose, they had a history, and I love it. Everyone in this film really worked well together. Their chemistry was off the charts.
WRITING SCORE – 10/10
Dialogue – 2|Balanced – 2|Story – 2|Originality – 2|Interesting – 2
Next up, we have the writing category, starting off with the dialogue, which was actually really well thought out. There’s a lot of memorable lines, and just the way people speak is hard to forget. I would certainly say that the film is also very well-balanced and consistently holds a strong focus on the story at hand. When it comes to the story, this film knows what it’s doing. Not only is the story alone interesting, but it sticks with you because it has meaning and purpose. In my opinion, I also think this film feels fresh and pretty darn original. Was this movie interesting? Of course it was, don’t be silly. I was all-in for this one.
BTS SCORE – 9/10
Visuals – 2|Directing – 2|Editing – 2|Advertisement – 2|Music – 1
Next up, we’re taking a look behind-the-scenes, starting with the visuals, and the visuals were pretty darn great here. Somebody knew what they were doing. The director actually did a really good job here. Completely based off of what they did, the movie looks and feels great and authentic on a different level. Well done! The editing was pretty darn impressive in this film. I’m always impressed when something surprising shows up thanks to the editor, and that is what you get here. As with most films, I consider this film to be exactly as advertised, which is good. There wasn’t anything fancy or memorable about the music. It was basically as good as it needed to be in order to keep the tone in place…and that’s what they did here, as well.
NARRATIVE ARC SCORE – 10/10
Introduction – 2|Inciting Incident – 2|Obstacles – 2|Climax – 2|Falling Action – 2
Next up, we’re chugging right along into the narrative arc category, which is one of the easiest categories to score highly in. First up, we’re looking at the introduction, which did perfectly. By the inciting incident, we knew who everyone was, the basic setting, and what’s going on in these people’s lives. How about the inciting incident? That was perfectly clear and set the rest of the film up for a good ride. How were the obstacles? Totally fine. There were plenty of clear obstacles in the way, just as you’d come to expect. How was the climax? The climax was perfect. It felt like a perfect culmination of everything else put together, just as it should. Lastly, we’re gonna talk about the falling action, which was really great. It had a nice little calming down moment and a definite returning to a new norm moment as well, so that’s good.
ENTERTAINMENT SCORE – 9/10
Rewatchability – 2|Fun – 2|Impulse/Buy – 2|Impulse/Talk – 1|Sucks Audience IN – 2
Next up, we’re asking if this film is any good to be considered entertaining when all is said and done. First up, we ask if it is rewatchable, to which I say…yes! I would have no issues checking out this movie again! Is this a film I would consider fun while watching? Oh yeah, absolutely. Whatever technical problems the movie may or may not have, it is definitely fun, and that’s something no one can take away from it. Is this a film I would consider buying? Totally, I would love to buy this movie! What about talking to somebody about the film that hasn’t heard of it? Maybe, I’m not sure. I might have a normal discussion about it, but I won’t be losing my mind to tell them about it, either. Does this suck you in, though? Oh, definitely. I never once had a problem getting lured into everything that was happening in this film.
TOTAL SPECIAL – 50/50
Action – 10|Fantasy – 10|Adventure – 10|Adaptation – 10|Halfway Decent – 10
Onto the specialty questions that I asked before seeing the film. First of all, how is this film with its action? Great question and I have an answer for you – pretty awesome. Whenever there was action in this film, it was heart-poundingly amazing. How about the fantasy level? Well, the world in which these people live is very unique, futuristic, but also nearly western in style, much like AMC’s Into the Badlands. In this film, this land also holds magic and monsters, so yes, fantasy indeed. How about the adventure. Again, the world is huge and vast and these two people have to walk on foot nearly the whole film, adventure is certainly there. As an adaptation, I can’t really speak on the book. I know people are mad that it didn’t follow the source perfectly, but as I’ve said many times throughout my life, I don’t care. As a blind audience member, I was thrilled with what I saw and never once did I feel like I needed knowledge in the book before or during watching, full points there. Finally, was it halfway decent? It was better than halfway decent, it was flat out epic.