Saturday, 26 August 2017
Review - The Dark Tower - McConaugheys mismash is a mess!
Combining Stephen King source material with a two talented and reliable lead actors under the tutelage of a promising screenwriter and director in the shape of Nikolaj Arcel backed by a sizable budget and marketing campaign would normally be enough to guarantee critical and commercial success in the highly competitive market of big budget blockbusters. If however, you try and squeeze eight volumes (more than 4,000 pages) of source material into ninety five minutes of a genre Rubik cube of a movie that appears to lose interest in itself half way through you end up with The Dark Tower.
No CGI effects or awe inspiring cinematography can save this monster mess of a movie that starts poorly and doesn't really improve.
The narrative and tone of this film are both incoherent and it seems to be undecided as to who the target audience is for this hugely disappointing feature.
Matthew McConaughey continues his unfortunate critical and commercial slide since the highs of his Oscar winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club as he gives his best panto villain impression as the Man in Black.
There are a few (if rather small) crumbs of comfort to be had here however. Idris Elba does his reputation no harm at all and almost single-handedly rescues this film from complete annihilation in his turn as the mythic Gunslinger and some of the fight sequences boast the usual impressive CGI effects evident in most big budget blockbusters nowadays but overall unfortunately after the highs of Dunkirk a few weeks ago and a reasonably solid summer blockbuster season the Dark Tower is an undoubted low and one most definitely worth avoiding. A bona-fide turkey!