The Dark Tower (press screening review)

Director; Nikolaj Arcel
Adventure/Fantasy
1h 35 minutes
Swedish premiere; August 16th

One Scandinavian director after the other one is popping up.
This time it’s Nikolaj Arcel, a Danish director who is the man behind the movie adaption to one of Stephen King’s bestsellers, The Dark Tower. Delivering a somewhat entertaining motion picture with a blended cocktail of elements such as fantasy and adventure with some semi action and a spark of comedy.

I haven’t read the book, so I won’t be able to compare it to the actual movie, so this review is sole-based on what I saw today, which can be a good thing since usually, I end up being very disappointed in the product and then have a favorite book being completely ruined.

Jake, a boy who keeps having one dream after the other about a world far from the one he lives and knows all about and repeatedly keeps seeing two characters, a dark, evil one, and Roland – a gunslinger that is in a battle with Walter, the closest thing they got to a devil.
Jake must now enter their world and help Roland, together they embark on a journey to save the dark tower, the one holding the worlds together.

There was a good balance between all genres, I had some laugh out loud moments which fitted perfectly in the scenes, it felt natural and not forced like they tried to be funny and it ends up being bad, especially in this type of movie where usually humor does not exist.
The fantasy, however, was a little too much in my opinion, to a point where it almost became lame, all the portals between each world came off as juvenile making it impossible to take those scenes seriously.
Another thing I didn’t enjoy was the sound, the music on each scene felt flat and soulless. There was no meaning to it, music is a huge part of delivering those special feelings during a film, and it lacked here.

Besides this, it was rather entertaining, the length was enough, an hour and a half, usually they drag this genre out and it becomes dull and boring with a bunch of unnecessary scenes, it was perfect.
You got enough, I was satisfied. However, I’m certain that fans of Stephen King’s work won’t be, and I completely understand them.

One thing I loved was the performance of ”Jake”, played by a child actor, Tom Taylor. What a talent. He was mesmerizingly good, every time the camera focused on him you got struck by his expressions, persona, and act altogether – a star on the rising.

5.5/10