Over its many, many years in development limbo, directors have seen relentless attempts to turn Stephen King’s epic, alarmingly hard to pigeonhole (if you’re a movie exec), fantasy-Western-horror into something approaching a coherent narrative aborted. Unlike the second of King’s key properties to be getting the big screen treatment in 2017 – IT will resurface in October – The Dark Tower has had by far the more painful genesis and arrives with considerably less fan excitement (IT now holds the record for the most-watched trailer of all time).
The movie is the tale of the last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), who’s been locked in an eternal battle with the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together.
Will it deliver the goods? The jury’s out, but Arcel, director of the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, isn’t daft…
The bottom line
Stephen King’s epic fantasy finally arrives.