Rated: PG-13 for thematic material including sequences of gun violence and action. Reviewed by: Nina Release date: August 4, 2017 Released by: Sony Pictures
Dark Tower sure delivered the one two punch of visual effects and good story for this book adaptation. Movies have been getting better in this regard, getting better at translating from the page to the screen. This adventure has great visual effects, you really see the "worlds" as described in the boy's dreams.
Jake is a young boy who suffered a major trauma involving his father and his dreams become his catalyst to deal with them but in this case, they might be real. His fantastical drawings, the earthquakes that result from the assault on the Dark Tower - is it a fantasy or the real world? His mother and step father don't believe him and hire a clinic to help, but Jake escapes when he determines they are part of evil group trying to destroy the dream world.
The Gunslinger – Idris Elba is magnetic as the troubled Gunslinger who recently lost his father too and is grappling with the evil forces that he has fought his whole life. He still practices the Gunslinger's Creed which ultimately saves him and brings him together with Jake. Another magnetic presence is Matthew McConaughey as Walter, who describe his powers using the best word I've ever heard – MagicX! His "magicx" cannot be used on the last Gunslinger and their meetings are epic and devastating to both sides of this fight.
Portals and time travel, demons and hooded killers provide the balance to family, psychics and friends all blended together to make a wonderful, adventure story. There's a Stephen King reference to the book It, the broken down carnival in the woods where Jake and the Gunslinger escape to. The Gunslinger has great lines as well, referring to humans as "savages" after he asks what breed the hot dog he is eating is made from. And the method for loading his gun, just dynamic and never seen before, for me at least, on the fly while still shooting.