Not alright, alright, alright. At all. If you read the first book, you'll be let down by how much is missing. If you didn't read the first book, you'll wonder what's going on. Either way, you'll think the whole thing feels disjointed and campy.
4 of 5 helpful votes
The actors portrayed the characters spot on. It has nods to the book for long time fans, however it borrows elements from so many of the books that it is unclear where it can go. That said the visuals are amazing, and it was probably made to appeal to a wider audience rather than just the readers. Overall, it is an interesting fresh take on the series as a whole.
4 of 5 helpful votes
Generally unfavorable reviews based on 45 Critics
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Generally unfavorable reviews based on 146 Reviews
Aug 3, 2017
Idris Elba makes for a dashing, haunted gunslinger assigned to safeguard the universe, but whether it’s Matthew McConaughey’s hammy turn as an all-powerful villain or the generic effects work, The Dark Tower proves to be a movie filled with faint ambitions and an even weaker pulse.
Though satisfying enough to please many casual moviegoers drawn in by King's name and stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, it will likely disappoint many serious fans and leave other newbies underwhelmed.
Even when the movie around him is total garbage nonsense, it is fun to watch Idris Elba; the way he walks, the way he stares at people with eyes blazing with intensity. He is an ideal action hero. He looks like the coolest man who ever lived in his fantasy Western garb, and he moves with a rare combination of grace and force, like the greatest possible combination of Gene Kelly and Chow Yun-Fat. He makes an amazing Gunslinger. Sadly, he’s trapped in a not-very-good Gunslinger movie.
Writer: Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner, Anders Thomas Jensen, Stephen King
Release Date: Aug 4, 2017
Runtime: 1hr 35m
The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, roams an Old West-like landscape where "the world has moved on" in pursuit of the man in black. Also searching for the fabled Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.