The Dark Tower review – interminable Stephen King adaptation a uniquely flavorless slog

The Dark Tower review – interminable Stephen King adaptation a uniquely flavorless slog

Review: The Dark Tower's epic fantasy gets a forgettable film treatment

This is how he learns of the Dark Tower, a structure that acts as a conduit holding the many dimensions of reality in order, and of the ages-old clash for its control between the sinister/utterly bland sorcerer known as the Man in Black (Matthew

This image released by Sony Pictures shows Idris Elba, left, and Matthew McConaughey in the Columbia Pictures film, The Dark Tower." (Ilze Kitshoff/Columbia Pictures/Sony via AP). WTOP's Jason Fraley reviews 'The Dark Tower'. Jason Fraley. Audio Player. . It has taken Hollywood years to bring Stephen King's The Dark Tower stories to the silver screen — and there's a reason for that. The material consists of a collective of connected worlds arcing across a series of books, comics, and even a children's …
Stephen King's eight-novel multiverse has been turned into a slice of lean-and-mean metaphysical action pulp, featuring a stylishly stoic Idris Elba and a magnetically evil Matthew McConaughey. As a critic, I know I'm supposed to do my homework. So let …

'The Dark Tower' TV Series Sets 'Walking Dead' Grad as Showrunner (Exclusive)

Idris Elba, left, and Matthew McConaughey in “The Dark Tower,” a film directed by Nikolaj Arcel. Credit Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. Every so often in “The Dark Tower,” you catch a glimpse of what might have been: the might-have-been narrative …

The Dark Tower review round-up: Stephen King adaptation disappoints both newbies and fans

The Dark Tower review round-up: Stephen King adaptation disappoints both newbies and fans

The Dark Tower review round-up: Stephen King adaptation disappoints both newbies and fans

With the books series' expansive universe already having crossed the desks of Ron Howard and J.J. Abrams alike, Sony Pictures eventually took on the task of telling the story of the Gunslinger (Idris Elba) and his eternal battle with the Man in Black …

Stephen King's fantasy saga is reincarnated as a dud in The Dark Tower

'The Dark Tower' TV Series Sets 'Walking Dead' Grad as Showrunner (Exclusive)

'The Dark Tower' TV Series Sets 'Walking Dead' Grad as Showrunner (Exclusive)
The opening sentence of Stephen King's 1982 novel, The Gunslinger, remains one of the best things he's ever written. King, a writer who's never been accused of minimalism, establishes an entire world in a dozen words: “The man in black” is obviously …

Review: Stephen King's 'Dark Tower' crams 50-pound story in 5-pound bag

Review: Stephen King's 'Dark Tower' crams 50-pound story in 5-pound bag
Briskly forgettable, “The Dark Tower” gets 'er done, whatever “'er” is, in under 90 minutes, excluding the end credits. Pretty short in Earth minutes, in other words. For the record we've seen far, far worse movies this summer, “The Mummy” and … . For someone not versed in Stephen King's self-described “magnum opus,” the movie adaptation of King's “The Dark Tower” is a hopeless mess, a truncated tale of heroes and villains tied into a tangled knot of inexplicable mythology. Those who have read. This weekend at the movies, we have a Stephen King epic brought to life (The Dark Tower, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey), a mother in a desperate race to save her child (Kidnap, starring Halle Berry), and a mournful look back at a fatally. A person who's only glancing familiar with Steven King's Dark Tower novels—me—can't make a wholly accurate prediction of whether or not the film adaptation, starring Idris Elba as a fantasy-world gunslinger named, simply enough, Gunslinger, will …

A movie doesn't have to be rated R to be scary, but it should have a villain who doesn't remind you of the test-tube love child of Voldemort and a second-rate stand-up comic moonlighting as the host of a local dance club's Goth & Industrial Night. As …

The Dark Tower review: a film working against itself on every level

The Dark Tower review: a film working against itself on every level
The highly anticipated movie adaptation of Stephen King's magnum opus The Dark Tower crudely simplifies the fantastical elements of the eight-book series, failing to satisfy King Fans, while simultaneously failing to make any sense to outsiders … . Elsewhere, Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit' expands nationwide, while Halle Berry's 'Kidnap' finally hits the big screen; Al Gore's 'Inconvenient Sequel' makes a major push at the specialty box office. The long-gestating film adaptation of Stephen King's …

Idris Elba, left, and Matthew McConaughey in the Columbia Pictures film, The Dark Tower." (Ilze Kitshoff/Columbia Pictures/Sony via AP). After eight books, more than 4,000 pages, nobody expects Stephen King's trans-dimensional Gunslinger saga told in

So much is so wrong about The Dark Tower, the stunted film version of Stephen King's marvelously dense and dazzling series of eight novels, that it's hard to know where to kick off a critical reckoning. The crux of the problem is that the bestselling …

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