I promised in an earlier post that once I saw Stephen King's The Dark Tower that I would review it and that time has come. The Dark Tower is actually a series of books. King fans will recognize this as well as be able to point out that throughout this series you begin to realize that all of the books Stephen King writes are interconnected. The trailer above will help tie some of this together for you. I noticed a reference to about 4 different books while watching the movie. ( Talk about your Easter eggs). If you are not a huge Stephen King fan or you are unfamiliar with the book series that is just fine because you can still enjoy the movie.
The Dark Tower is the only thing that holds the universe together and something or someone is trying to destroy it. Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) is the last Gunslinger and as such has sworn an oath to protect the Dark Tower at all costs. However, he has lost his way and now all he cares about is revenge. He has been chasing the Man in Black, Walter O'Dim (Matthew McConaughey) for what seems like an eternity. Walter is responsible for the deaths of the previous Gunslingers including Roland's father but for some reason his magic does not work on Roland. Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is a teenager living in modern day NYC who has been having horrible nightmares for the past year. He wakes from each dream and draws what he has seen. It soon becomes clear that he is drawing both Roland and Walter as well as places and events from Mid-World. Walter is searching for the right child to bring down the Dark Tower so he can let in darkness and rule over everything. Jake finds himself being tracked by the Man in Black and so he decides he must find the Gunslinger if he has any chance of saving himself and possibly the world.
Truth time....I have not read any of the Dark Tower books except the first one when I was a teenager. I have read several other books by King which was enough to help me spot the little connections shown throughout the movie. This was a PG-13 rating so it was not filled with swearing or gory scenes. It ran for about an hour and a half but it felt pretty fast paced to me. The action sequences were awesome. I know there were some haters that felt like Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey were wrong for their respective parts but let me assure you they were cast perfectly. McConaughey makes being a baddie look so good and Idris Elba was a badass with his weapons. Both of these men have had plenty of experience playing both good and bad guys so it made the dynamic between them that much better. I will not spoil too much of the movie but I will tell you what I saw that tied in other King novels. There were references to It, Misery, Christine, and The Shining. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars.