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I'm a big Stephen King film and have just finished book 3 of the 7 book Dark Tower series. Also being a big Idris Elba fan, I didn't read any of the critic reviews before watching this as wanted to form my own opinions.
I'd assumed that as the series is 7 large books, and as they managed to stretch The Hobbit out to 3 long films, this would be book 1 of the series only. How wrong could I be - the film starts effectively halfway through book 3, and in 90 minutes tries to encompass all of the books. They've completely changed the back stories of some characters, combined several characters into one, missed really important characters out of the film completely and glossed over huge important sections of the plot. Essentially this isn't the Dark Tower books at all, it's a standalone film with a few characters named the same as some from the book. It seems pretty obvious that this was at least originally intended to be a much longer film but several bits have just been edited out entirely, so you can't really tell what is supposed to be going on or why. There's no character development, no cohesive plot, it doesn't manage to have it's style in any meaningful sense and if there's a theme in there I couldn't find it.
Do yourself a favour, give this a miss.
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