Thursday, May 4, 2017
My Thoughts On "The Dark Tower" Trailer
Let's talk about "The Dark Tower"...*sigh* after years and years and literally YEARS of many studios attempting to make a "Dark Tower" movie we're finally getting a Dark Tower movie and...*sigh*...this is what we get? Seriously? No, no, no, no. Let's be fair here, I am not saying that this movie looks bad, that is NOT what I'm saying, what I am saying is that I'm going to have a HARD and I do mean HARD time taking this as a "Dark Tower" sequel solely because of Idris Elba. Yeah, he's Black. I went there, sue me.
Seriously, I'm not going to turn this into some PC rant (Lord knows I've done that already) but what I will do is state the fact simply for all the individuals who would like to but can't out of fear of being considered a racist. I'm a Black man and you can bet your sweet bippy I have a problem with Roland being Black instead of White. But aside from that, this movie doesn't look like a "Dark Tower" movie, it looks loosely based on The Dark Tower. For starters, Jake is way too old, there is no Eddie or Susannah. If you don't know "The Dark Tower" is Stephen King's master work, it's a fantasy, sci-fi novel that spans the full breadth of Stephen King's work and includes each book in subtle ways. There are 7 Books in all and an 8th for auxiliary reading but The Dark Tower is one AMAZING read, go check it out if you haven't.
That being said, I am none too impressed by the trailer or by the way it presents it's self. I've read all 7 Dark Tower books and the connected works "Salem's Lot", "The Stand" (still trying to read "It"...that book bores me), the point is I'm extremely familiar with "The Dark Tower" and Stephen King's work and this just doesn't feel right. Hence why I'm having a hard time with it. The film is already asking me to accept changing the appearance of the character (Yes, I know Stephen King approved of Elba but if it didn't matter what color Roland was THEN WHY IS HE DESCRIBED IN THE BOOK AS A WHITE GUY WITH BLUE EYES?! Not to mention his appearance in the comic books and such), but it's also asking me to accept this as a sequel to the actual series? So Roland reached The Dark Tower and became darkened? If this IS a sequel will he have The Horn of Eld like he did in "The Dark Tower"?
If you haven't read The Dark Tower, you have no clue what I'm talking about, but the point is IF they're trying to pass this off as a sequel to the series or a stand alone movie (as just one more level of The Tower) then my response is a solid "No, thank you.". Also, I'm a touched soured on Matthew McConaughey as Randall Flagg...and yet they're not calling him Randall Flagg in this movie, they're calling him Walter Padick...this is odd considering that Roland knows him as Marten Broadcloak & Walter O'Dim. But I digress, my only hope is that this film contains the same world hoping into various Stephen King works as the books do but I won't be holding my breath. This is a big swing and a miss for me. Sorry but Stephen King strikes out on another adaptation.