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alivaux

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just saw The Gunslinger (refused to see it in theaters) and as a "constant reader" for over 30 years I have to say that I was not at all pleased!! (understatement of the decade) If Stephen king authorized this farce, he should be ashamed. I re-read the entire Dark Tower series once a year as I truly believe it is the finest work Mr King has ever done. This movie was a disgrace to all King fans
 

Neesy

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just saw The Gunslinger (refused to see it in theaters) and as a "constant reader" for over 30 years I have to say that I was not at all pleased!! (understatement of the decade) If Stephen king authorized this farce, he should be ashamed. I re-read the entire Dark Tower series once a year as I truly believe it is the finest work Mr King has ever done. This movie was a disgrace to all King fans
Sorry to hear you were disappointed.

My husband Andy watched this movie recently and enjoyed it, however he has never read the Dark Tower series.

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Tiffer

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just saw The Gunslinger (refused to see it in theaters) and as a "constant reader" for over 30 years I have to say that I was not at all pleased!! (understatement of the decade) If Stephen king authorized this farce, he should be ashamed. I re-read the entire Dark Tower series once a year as I truly believe it is the finest work Mr King has ever done. This movie was a disgrace to all King fans
I totally agree with you!!! I've read all 7 of the Tower books and the movie was a waste of my time.
 

kelliblue

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just saw The Gunslinger (refused to see it in theaters) and as a "constant reader" for over 30 years I have to say that I was not at all pleased!! (understatement of the decade) If Stephen king authorized this farce, he should be ashamed. I re-read the entire Dark Tower series once a year as I truly believe it is the finest work Mr King has ever done. This movie was a disgrace to all King fans
I agreed with this post. I read all the Dark Tower novels 10 years ago. This film was a major disappointment for me.
 

preciousroy

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I still think Jamey Sheridan did a better Flagg than Matthew McConaughey. I don't know if anyone else thought Jamey did a good job but I couldn't help compare the two. I saw The Stand miniseries before reading the book, too, so it definitely colored the character when I got around to reading. I'm sure there's many differences with Flagg in The Stand between the book and the miniseries that someone would be happy to cite. McConaughey was so one-dimensional. He was just mean and focused on causing pain and humiliation. He didn't want Roland dead for any reason except that Roland kept coming after him. He didn't enjoy himself, he didn't play with people like pawns. He was very confident in himself but it was never established that this confidence was ultimately his undoing (of course there was no Mordred, either.) He wasn't fun to watch like Jamey's Flagg. I haven't read The Eyes of the Dragon in decades so I can't recall Flagg's behavior there to compare. Walter was just flat but maybe it wasn't McConaughey's fault specifically. Come to think of it, no one really had much depth of character in the movie. Even the flashback scene was thrown in at the last second from what I understand.
 

mal

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I still think Jamey Sheridan did a better Flagg than Matthew McConaughey. I don't know if anyone else thought Jamey did a good job but I couldn't help compare the two. I saw The Stand miniseries before reading the book, too, so it definitely colored the character when I got around to reading. I'm sure there's many differences with Flagg in The Stand between the book and the miniseries that someone would be happy to cite. McConaughey was so one-dimensional. He was just mean and focused on causing pain and humiliation. He didn't want Roland dead for any reason except that Roland kept coming after him. He didn't enjoy himself, he didn't play with people like pawns. He was very confident in himself but it was never established that this confidence was ultimately his undoing (of course there was no Mordred, either.) He wasn't fun to watch like Jamey's Flagg. I haven't read The Eyes of the Dragon in decades so I can't recall Flagg's behavior there to compare. Walter was just flat but maybe it wasn't McConaughey's fault specifically. Come to think of it, no one really had much depth of character in the movie. Even the flashback scene was thrown in at the last second from what I understand.
Totally agree. Jamey Sheridan was the better Flagg. Not just different, better.
 
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I don't blame Stephen King (that much anyway:pick_nose:). As a King fan, I always preferred reading his books rather than watching the movies. I remember that on one occasion my sister and I had read the Tommyknockers and we decided to rent out the movie to show to my brother in law (who was still dating her in college at the time). We were both excited about introducing him to King's work and we were disappointed because it was different from the book. The movie versions are always a disappointment because the producers are always cutting corners to try and squeeze a profit (we need to remember that millions of dollars are sunk in movies) and some actors get too involved in their own version of what the character should be. It's very difficult to bring to life a character as amazing as the Gunslinger to the big screen.
 

Spideyman

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I don't blame Stephen King (that much anyway:pick_nose:). As a King fan, I always preferred reading his books rather than watching the movies. I remember that on one occasion my sister and I had read the Tommyknockers and we decided to rent out the movie to show to my brother in law (who was still dating her in college at the time). We were both excited about introducing him to King's work and we were disappointed because it was different from the book. The movie versions are always a disappointment because the producers are always cutting corners to try and squeeze a profit (we need to remember that millions of dollars are sunk in movies) and some actors get too involved in their own version of what the character should be. It's very difficult to bring to life a character as amazing as the Gunslinger to the big screen.
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Neesy

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The movie versions are always a disappointment because the producers are always cutting corners to try and squeeze a profit (we need to remember that millions of dollars are sunk in movies)
Welcome!

I would agree with you in general, with the exception of Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile which were both quite good in their own way
 
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