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03 August 2017, 07:41 | Santos West

Matthew McconaugheyReuters

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More bad news, however, as the first reviews that have trickled out present the film as a boring disappointment without any set audience: incomprehensible to newbies, and wildly unfaithful and simplistic to fans of King's books.

The Dark Tower does not follow the book saga exactly but is a mix between an adaptation and sequel. And The Dark Tower's frantic pace also affects the action scenes, which resolve themselves quickly or, as in encounter between Jake and a demon guarding an interplanetary portal, without clear resolution.

So it's fair to say the tower may have been built on rocky foundations, but are there any positives to draw? He hopes to bring down the Dark Tower, an edifice that guards the edges of the universe from being overrun by darkness/hellfire/terrible monsters.

Stephen King's Dark Tower novels are a unique and compelling blend elements of dark fantasy, science-fiction, horror, and Westerns - but it doesn't translate well into a lean, 95-minute movie.

During a recent interview with IndieWire, director Nikolaj Arcel (who's also helping with the series) revealed that the TV series will adhere closely to King's novels.

Shortly after the movie's announcement, McConaughey joined the film as the main villain, Walter o'Dim, aka the Man in Black - though King fans may recognize the character as Randall Flagg, a villain that has appeared throughout the author's Dark Tower series as well as The Stand.

Variety has sources detailing clashes between director Nikolaj Arcel, Sony Pictures, and Media Rights Capital (MRC).

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Whenever "The Dark Tower" almost gets away with its absurdities, it's usually because of McConaughey's Man in Black. Reshoots and new edits were administered and fans had to wait forever to see the lackluster trailer.

[Technically the film has billy-bumblers, too, but like anything else from the adaptation it's a stretch from the original source story.] Personally, I think a TV version of this story is how they should have approached it from the beginning.

" ... that's part of a larger problem with The Dark Tower; it's so uninvolved that it feels like nothing actually matters".

And that, unfortunately, is as engaged as we'll ever be in this end-of-the-world scenario, edited down to within an inch of its life, that lies there like a beached whale. And when a clinic mysteriously learns of him and offers to take him for a weekend for a round of intensive treatment - heck, they'll even pick him up - his parents eagerly agree.

This is presented early on, but mostly glossed over so we can focus on Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor), a kid who lives in NY and is plagued by dreams of the Dark Tower, as well as the Man in Black and his summer camp/giant... laser beam creating... thing.

The Dark Tower opens in theaters on August 4th.

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