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Friday Film Chat- ‘The Dark Tower’ (With Spoilers)

the dark tower

 

I have been a MASSIVE fan of Stephen King since I was about 14 (so a few years now…….maybe…..), but ‘The Dark Tower’ series had passed me by. That was until this summer, when I started reading these novels in preparation for the ‘Dark Tower’s’ release.

I’m now on the third novel of the series and completely hooked, so I was excited to watch this film. I had seen a few bad reviews of this, but decided to go to watch it, in order to make up my own mind about this film.

There are some good elements about this novel which I really enjoyed. The depiction of Mid-World was absolutely spot on and although Idris Elba doesn’t fit the physical description of the character in the book, I think the attitude he conveys is perfect. I also really liked Tom Taylor as Jake.

Now, for the problems. There were quite a few elements which let this film down. I didn’t think that Matthew McConaughey played a convincing role as The Man In Black AKA Walter O’Dim. In my opinion he was a generic, slightly pantomime villain, rather than really embodying the character, as Stephen King had written it.

This novel is packed with mythology and back story which mostly revolves around Roland, his family and friends and how he became a Gunslinger. There were moments in which the characters started to talk about these things during the film and I was excited to think that the film was going to get to the essence of the first novel. However, I felt frustrated that any back story or mythology which was mentioned through the film’s appalling dialogue was simply glossed over, instead of expanded on.

For me, it actually felt like the producers and scriptwriters simply skim read the novels and then decided to make up the majority of this film. I can only think of two or three instances where any of the story from the first book, was transferred into the film. The rest, was completely untrue. These included: Jacob’s entrance into the story, the ending, the way in which The Man in Black was trying to take down the Dark Tower and Jake’s family and the list goes on.

Now I know film adaptations can’t always feature every single element of a book, but to be honest, I struggled to find ANY similarities between the book and the film.

Doing a book justice in film form is possible. A good example is Peter Jackson’s adaptations of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. You can tell by watching those films, that Peter Jackson loved the novels and wanted to do them justice. So it annoys me to think that the producers and screenwriters in charge of adapting ‘The Dark Tower’ series, simply didn’t care and were only concerned about making money. In fact I think this would have been received a bit better than it has been, if the producers had taken their time and allowed the plot to breath a bit more. Stephen King was consulted during the making of the film, so it’s also disappointing that he passed this film as acceptable.

If you haven’t read the novels, you may mildly enjoy this forgettable film. If you are a fan of the novels however, you will be sorely disappointed.

My Rating: ** 1/2

Have you watched this film? What did you think of it?

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Books, Favourites Series, Fiction, Horror, Reading, Stephen King

Favourites Series – Stephen King

I have many favourite things in my life. From clothes to songs, films to food. So I thought that I would share a list of favs with you in this new series.

Like my mind, this favourites list will be random. Each post will be about a completely different subject.

This time I’m going to share with you, my list of 5 favourite Stephen King novels:

The Stand

1.This will forever be my favourite Stephen King novel. At a whopping 1344 pages, it seems an  intimidating read, but trust me, you won’t notice how massive this book is.

The diverse, believable characters combined with fantastic storytelling, will transport you to post virus America with a message of good against evil.

Carrie

2.The character of Carrie, in my opinion, depicts the perfect anti-hero. Yes, she is a hormone fuelled, crazy psychopath, but when reading about what she gets up to at her high school prom, you can’t help but feel pleased for her. Maybe that’s a bit worrying…

Misery

3. Not only is this a gripping story, but as a writer myself, I’m fascinated by the insight the protagonist Paul Sheldon gives on the writing process.

This is a story which will keep you on the edge of your seat and has a twist at the end, that I wasn’t expecting.

cell

4. ‘The Cell’ is a lesser known novel by Stephen King (correct me if I’m wrong), but once I started reading this book, whilst on holiday many years ago, I couldn’t put it down.

It channels into the modern day obsession with technology and mobile phones, to tell a horrifying story. It also sends a very strong message of family.The main character, illustrator Clayton Riddell fights to save his wife and son from being over taken by the power of a vicious, futuristic virus.

Thinner

5. It was hard to think of only five novels to be included in this ‘Favourites’ list. I could have selected ‘Bag of Bones’, ‘The Green Mile’, ‘The Shining’, ‘Doctor Sleep’ and loads of other Stephen King Novels. However, the last in my list is ‘Thinner’.

What I like about this short novel, is the suspense that is built up throughout. I also really like the ending. I won’t give it away, but it’s one of the most bizarre endings I have read!

I will post another ‘Favourite’ list soon. If you would like to join in with this series, post a ‘Favourite’ list on a subject of your choice, on your blog. Then post a comment here, including the link.