The Dark Tower Review

While watching the film version of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, I couldn’t help but dwell on the final line of the Gunslingers’ creed. You do not kill with your gun. He who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father. You kill with your heart. While this line is spoken several times by a pair of incredible lead actors, the movie doesn’t seem to truly understand it. This Dark Tower adaptation abandons the nuance and gravity of its source material and all too often lacks any trace of a beating heart.

I always have a hard time describing King’s series without sounding completely bonkers. Equal parts horror, spaghetti western, and Arthurian myth, the sprawling, epic book series pulls in a multitude of genres to create something that is fantastically unique in its own. Completely contrary to this, The Dark Tower film is a superficial adaption that, while not terrible, fails to leave any sort of a lasting impression.

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