The Dark Tower is being destroyed by critics


"They don't pander. They're not trying to make friends".

This seeming re-take on the first novel of The Dark Tower, from Jake's perspective, was actually widely-advertised as a sequel to the book series, which on its face is not an unwelcome proposition - but there's nothing in the movie to actually make this crucial fact known. Two more movies, "Gerald's Game" and "1922", are scheduled to appear on Netflix later this year.

It's hard to decide what's more confusing: the story author Stephen King told in his sprawling fantasy book series, "The Dark Tower", or the path that story has taken - and is still taking - to being adapted for a visual medium. Roland is determined to stop the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. Matthew plays the villainous role of the Man in Black. This means we can have the important installments in cinema, while the TV-verse connects the dots. And The Dark Tower's frantic pace also affects the action scenes, which resolve themselves quickly or, as in encounter between Jake and a demon guarding an interplanetary portal, without clear resolution. Either way, Arcel still seems confident in his film, to the extent that he still thinks the TV series prequel/side-story thing is still going to happen.

Starring Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Dennis Haysbert, Jackie Earle Haley, Abbey Lee and Katheryn Winnick. Elba and Taylor get off relatively easy by playing the stoic killer and earnest, bright child, respectively, but McConaughey gives a miscalculated performance that isn't helped by how quickly he must run through the Man in Black's demonstrations of evil. I wanted to spend more time getting to know Mid-World, more time growing to fear the Low Men, and more time reflecting on just what the Tower is. Director Nikolaj Arcel and co-writer Anders Thomas Jensen are now writing the script, though depending on the reception of the film, that could change before long. Beginning as an enigmatic, college-written mashup between Sergio Leone and Tolkien, it developed over the decades into a gloriously overstuffed, wildly imaginative mix of authorial insertions, ties to King's other works, and metaphysical hooey.

King and legendary horror director George A. Romero, who recently passed away, collaborated on this 1982 tribute to E.C. Comics that is also one of the best horror anthology films ever.

Nowadays in Hollywood, studios are rushing to create expanded universes because that's where the money and excitement lies right now. That's exactly what director Nikolai Arcel has attempted to do with The Dark Tower, and while it might not hit the same surreal highs its source material, it's at least a valiant effort. However it finally seems that they've found the right formula, and the film is finally being released after all these years.

Matthew admits seeing his belly shrink and turn to muscle during the lead-up to The Dark Tower was a huge relief, as at 47, he's well aware of how much of a struggle it can be to get into shape.