Quick Take: The Dark Tower
So I didn't really have any expectations about this movie one way or another....until the Rotten Tomatoes score came out and totally trashed this film. My expectations plummeted, and I was pretty sure this was going to be absolutely awful. I went to see the film anyway and was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't as bad as I'd heard, at least the first 20 minutes anyway. But........then I fell asleep and woke up at the very end. So I'm going to allow my husband to take over this review and give his opinion. So from here on out, these are my husband Brody's words.
The Dark Tower has many flaws that drag down what could have been a great film. The filmmakers (perhaps on studio orders) shoved way too much into the story which resulted in an incredibly rushed pace that did little to serve the film. Idris Elba's performance as the wounded Gunslinger was the one good thing this movie had going for it, its only saving grace. McConaughey's performance was ultimately forgettable and his intentions for trying to take down the tower were essentially nothing more than because "he's evil!" I was hoping McConaughey would deliver something more nuanced as he has really blossomed as in actor in recent years. But alas, he did not. Having said all that -- I walked into the movie with expectations of seeing the worst film ever, But I can say that I had a good time with it. If for no other reason than all of the Easter eggs to King's other works were a nice treat. BRODY RATING: 6/10