The Dark Tower (2017): An Uninspired, Sparknotes Version of the Popular Source Material

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016 in order to grow his own movie knowledge as well as share his own thoughts with others in a streamlined fashion. As MovieBabble continues to grow, Nick hopes to one day become a reputable critic that many turn to first for a quality movie review.

19 Responses

  1. floatinggold says:

    I’ll probably watch this at some point just for Matthew McConaughey, whom I adore. Before this movie came out, I did some research and found out the Dark Tower is a series of book. How can you do it justice with just one movie? The series is on my reading “to-do” list. It would be interesting to have a TV series based on it! Oh, Lincoln was a legendary show…

    • Nick Kush says:

      The original plan for Sony was to make a movie then have a TV series then have another movie and so on! Maybe that would have been pretty cool if this film had made any money!

  2. Jane Bled says:

    Nothing would anger me more than watching a sub-par version of one of my favorite books. It would be more painful than watching a terrible version that didn’t even try. Probably going to skip it…thanks, Nick. 🙂

  3. Steve says:

    I can feel your frustration bleeding thru your review. I haven’t seen this nor read the source material but I do understand the concept that some films need to be epic or die. Nothing more frustrating than when they choose to be less than their potential. I’ll never understand why some filmmakers are afraid to make a film. If it needs to be epic it needs to be epic. Or go home

  4. jimbelton says:

    I liked this film, though the “Hollywood ending” is much weaker than the ending of the first book, “The Gunslinger”. If a sequel were to be made, it’s hard to see how it could be. In book two (“The Drawing of the Three”), Jake is (book one ending spoiler) dead. Then Roland draws Detta Walker, who calls him a honky mo-fo. How’s that going to work? So, should there be a sequel, further license will have to be taken with the source material. Then there’s the fact that the first half of book 3, “The Wasteland”, was used as the first act in this film.

  5. I’m shocked that this is only 1 hour and 35 minutes long. We live in an age where 2-Plus-Hour-Long films are the norm. There’s no excuse for this story to be that short, especially since the original books have also had several mini-series from Marvel Comics.

  6. firewater65 says:

    I will watch this movie eventually, but I haven’t felt compelled to see it in the theater. Mostly because I enjoyed the source material so much. I’m still waiting for another adaptation of my favorite King novel, The Stand. I thought the mini-series was okay, but so much more could be done with a bigger budget.

    • Nick Kush says:

      I think a lot of his books would do better as a NEtflix series since there’s so much material and depth to all his books.

  7. Jason says:

    Nice review. At least, you enjoyed this movie. Personally, I was frustrated with it. Never read the books, but I was expecting this film to great, especially since its source material. Unfortunately, I was too disappointed with it to fully enjoy it.

    • Nick Kush says:

      I really didn’t enjoy it. I was frustrated like you. There’s so much potential here!

      • Jason says:

        Haha…true, but you gave it a higher grade than me. So, you liked it slightly better than me. However, there was so much potential for this movie to be awesome.

      • Nick Kush says:

        I like the idea of HBO doing a Tv series, they could do it justice!

  8. Damien Riley says:

    Hey there, great review. You may have read that I liked the film more than you did. I felt it worked as it was as a great adventure sci-fi film. I didn’t think about what it could have been. It was a great night out for my daughter and I and we even got free posters 🙂 I think it’s a shame this movie is getting poor reviews, it’s a great film to watch, especially with your tweens at Summers end! I am enjoying reading your reviews though, I’ll be back 😉

    • Nick Kush says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! It certainly had its qualities. I’m happy you got more out of it than I did because enjoying film is what it’s all about!

  9. Nick Kush says:

    Thanks so much!

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