The Dark Tower (2017, Stephen King Adaptation)

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  1. Workshed

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    King's epic, universe(s)-spanning, very mixed series finally gets the big screen treatment. Starring Idris Elba as Roland and Mathew McConaughey as The Man in Black.

    Is it the first film in a series? A stand-alone? A sequel to the source material? Who knows! This shit is releasing in three months and the trailer only now released.

    Release: 08/04/17
     
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    Easter eggs in the trailer:

    1. Direct reference to Pennywise.

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    2. A shot of what looks to be the Overlook in a photograph.

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    Any others?
     
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    I cannot wait for this. I've only read up to Wind through the keyhole so far, but I recognize stuff from book 3 obviously, with the spooky house and the portal inside. I have a feeling that this may be an attempt to adapt either a large chunk of the story all in one film, or just taking elements of the series to tell a stripped-down version.
     
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    That is exactly what I am wondering also. I started reading this series way back in 1987... and it's going to be tough as hell to translate this to film no matter how they do it.
     
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    I'm sitting in the theater waiting for this to start. Major theater. First possible screening (at 19:19). And the theater has maybe 20 people in it...maybe.

    I have a feeling this is going to be a commercial, as well as critical, flop. I'm giving this movie all the benefit of the doubt I can at this point. Fingers crossed....
     
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    So the theater filled up a bit more, I'm happy to say. Wasn't packed, but it wasn't empty either.

    I don't think I can judge the film objectively. I've read most of the books, so I'm already invested in the characters and the story. It was just a thrill to see it represented on screen.

    It's well made. Well acted. It looks gorgeous. The gunfights are appropriately badass, and Elba is great as Roland. McConaughey is only slightly less effective as The Man in Black, but still does well. Most importantly, the movie takes itself completely seriously. There's no camp here, and what humour there is it comes by genuinely.

    I can see why this is getting savaged by critics. The story is a mess outside of the context of the books. I'm sure if I hadn't read them, I would have been lost, and not cared at all about what was going on. But as it stands, I really enjoyed it.
     
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    Seeing terrible reviews, even by readers. Likely skippibg it, and I loved the books. Have some complaints with the final 3, but 1-4 are gold.
     
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    See I loved 2 and 3, but I always thought The Gunslinger was pretty weak.
     
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    The bad reviews don't seem to have had much of an effect, as it's still set to be number 1 at the box office this weekend.

    I've never read the books and I'm mildly intrigued to see the movie (mainly for the Stephen King factor), but I think I'll be skipping this one theatrically and checking out Detroit this weekend.

    Excited for the recent resurgence of Stephen King adaptations lately, and I can't wait to see It theatrically a month from now.
     
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    I felt the same way first go around. When I fell in live with the series, book 1 became great on the second go around.
     
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    I'm interested to hear what others thought of this, but...*crickets*
     
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    I was planning to see this but the reviews have put me off. I also didn't realise how short this was. Never a good sign when you're adapting a big book series. I've still got high hopes for the IT adaptation.
     
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    I haven't read the books and didn't have any difficulty following the story. My wife and I both enjoyed it. The film moved along nicely and the acting was well done by all. I thought McConaughey did a great job along with Idris. Recommended to see theatrically.
     
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    Does anyone who's seen this know which scene Susan Delgado was in? I can't remember her appearing at all in the film....
     
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    We just got back from the theater.

    Went in not expecting much, and we had a blast with it :)

    It's been over 25 years, since I read the first two books, so I can't remember jack shit from them.
    My girlfriend haven't read any of them.
    And this might have been a good thing, since we had nothing to compare the movie with.
    It was all new too us.

    I liked the lead characters, and I thought Matthew was great as the bad guy.
    I also enjoyed the old-school "John Woo" styled dual wielding action we got in one scene.
    Been a long time, since we saw that style of gunplay.

    For once, it felt great to see a movie, that was only 90 minutes long, instead of yet another 140 min movie, since we didn't get a bunch of useless subplots.

    I'm glad the movie had a proper ending, and didn't end with a stupid cliffhanger, since I doubt we will get another Dark Tower movie, after it flopped hard.

    It was worth the money :)
     
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    Bluray and DVD comes out tomorrow on Halloween!
     
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    I hope this is on my plane tomorrow. Traveling to SF for a wedding, and I need some trash to lull my brain away from the horrors of an 11-hour flight.
     
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    Have a safe trip. I don't enjoy the 11 hour flight. Still love that a.k.a.
     
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