The Dark Tower Movie * The Beams still stand, barely

I just got back from the 19:19 showing of The Dark Tower. Guess what, folks?

It didn’t suck. I loved it. (Even though it scored a meagre 19% on Rotten Tomatoes)

For those of you who are determined to not go for whatever reasons, I pity you. You are missing another turn of the wheel. This movie was fast paced, had great special effects, good casting, and it sets things up perfectly for the upcoming TV series.

Sure, like all fans, I would have loved to see them Peter Jackson the shit out of this. You know, six epic films. But, that isn’t what happened.

This is another turn of the wheel.

It’s NOT the books. It starts all over.

Roland has given up on saving the Tower and he’s only after revenge. Things are different for Jake too. In this turn, his father has died and his step father is trying to get him sent away. The dreams are driving him crazy. He’s having a tough time. I think that the movie does a good job of providing enough context that anyone unfamiliar with the Dark Tower series will understand what is going on. I found I followed all of the action perfectly. It all made sense. Continue reading “The Dark Tower Movie * The Beams still stand, barely”

The Dark Tower is coming!!

This has been around for a couple of years and after having read all 7 books (and only hated half of the last one), and ALL the comics, and Robin’s Guide to the Dark Tower, I was psyched to see a movie adaptation coming along. Then disappointed when I saw Idris Elba cast as Roland. Not Racist here, just basically raising my fist to the producer who thought casting a black actor to play a white guy’s role (same as in the Netflix adaptation of Death Note – Netflix’s ‘Death Note’ accused of ‘whitewashing’).

Roland Deschain, for those of you who have not read the epic series, is the last Gunslinger, a descendant of Eld with blue bombardier eyes and a Clint Eastwood look about him.
Doesn’t the strong eye color hint more than a stern stare? When you look at him, Last Gunslinger of Mid-World, even his big guns are the reforged metal from the sword of Eld.
I personally always think of it as the way the eyes of the main character is described in Lois Lowry’s The Giver, that the blue is special. Continue reading “The Dark Tower is coming!!”