People have been waiting for Stephen King’s Dark Tower book series to be made into a movie for many years. It was teased several times over the years. They had a few comic book series expanding the Dark Tower universe, but never a movie. Patience and determination won out and fans finally got their movie.
All was happiness and jubilation until they announced Idris Elba would be playing the main character, Roland Deschain. It is heavily implied in the books that Roland is white. The purists came out in force against this casting choice. I, myself was on the fence on the issue.
After watching the movie, I believe Idris Elba was a very good choice to be the gunslinger. You have to take into account this movie is not the story from the book put onto film. The Dark Tower is a stand-alone movie. The main characters in the movie are Roland Deschain (the gunslinger), Jake Chambers, and Walter (The Man in Black).
This is a good spot to tell you about Matthew McConaughey’s portrayal of the Man in Black. The critics are saying he overacted the part. I don’t believe that to be true. I felt he gave an ominous feeling to the part without using any gimmicky voice or persona. When Walter was on screen you knew he was the bad guy.
The critics on a certain site, named after spoiled vegetables, gave Dark Tower a rating in the high teens. As of this article the audience score has it at 64% and rising. Jack and I both thoroughly enjoyed Dark Tower. But you don’t have to take our words for it… we asked other audience members that watched the movie with us. There responses were ALL positive. We couldn’t find anyone in our screening that didn’t like it.
If you are looking for a good movie to watch this weekend we highly suggest getting a ticket for Dark Tower at Alamo Drafthouse in El Paso. Also go give RayWork Productions a like on Facebook for making us look better than we actually are.
Do you like Stephen King movies? Do you like the Dark Tower movie adaption? Do you want to see more Dark Tower movies or maybe even a TV series? Let us know in the comments.