This message board permanently closed on June 30th, 2020 at 4PM EDT and is no longer accepting new members.
I wonder what the reactions would have been , if from day one, the movie had been re-titled. The Dark Tower--Roland's Final Journey; or something like that. Not just DT.
I think expectations / desires were too high for something like the HP movies. Acceptance of something different is often difficult.
....s'up Lanky?.....I went to the 19:19 showing last night and these are just some of my random and unorganized thoughts on the film:
- Getting to see the taheen and Blue Heaven featured so early was a nice surprise.
- I enjoyed all the little nods and easter eggs for other King novels.
- I thought Idris Elba and Tom Taylor were great as Roland and Jake. To me their relationship was the high point of the movie. Roland's little moments of unintended humor made me laugh just like they did in the books.
- McConaughey was just okay as the Man in Black. He really wasn't given much to do in my opinion. His commands to people like "stop breathing" and "hate" just seemed kind of cheap to me. Although to his credit he did have that "creepy charisma" that I always pictured Flagg having.
- The Battle of Jericho Hill, if that's what it was intended to be, seemed seriously underdeveloped.
- Roland's speed reloading was really awesome and the action was serviceable as well.
- The ending seemed very rushed to me but it still left me interested in how they'll move forward if they decide to do so.
Overall I thought it was an okay movie. I tried not to expect too much from it because I knew it would be tough to translate the scope and complexity of the books into film. I definitely don't think it's as bad as the critics are making it out to be though. I think that a lot of people will have issues with it because they're not familiar with the series and the mythology, but hey, whose fault is that? All in all if you're a fan of the series, there are many details in the movie you will appreciate and that will have you mulling over what's next for the franchise.
I've just read three reviews (The Verge, Rolling Stone and Variety) and the ones that are the harshest come across to me as ones that wanted to see a more faithful adaptation rather than the continuation of Steve's story. The reviewer for Variety got it that it's a continuation and is a more favorable review than the other two.
Yup. I think the TV route would be the best for a real adaptation of the DT series.
...HI!....I watched the movie last night. As a fan it gave me a lot that I was hoping for but not enough. To me the movie, trying not to confuse the viewers with too much information, lacked substance. Sure the setting of the movie and the immediate conflict is planted clearly, but I think there was a much needed weight over these characters and the overall story that was missing. I'm really hoping it makes enough to keep the ball rolling to do the series and the sequel but I think our hope for an awaken to a Stephen Universe lies with IT. This is me crossing my fingers.