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Thread started 08/06/17 11:50am

rdhull

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The Dark Tower

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It would be a D- if it wasnt for MattyMat and Idris' performances.
Rushed, edited up the ying yang. And it shows the 8 books condensced into 90 minutes. Which is such a shame.

And everytime I scratch my nails down someone else's back I hope you feel it.. WELL CAN YA FEEL IT?!
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Reply #1 posted 08/06/17 12:16pm

EmmaMcG

I was so disappointed. I read The Gunslinger about 10 years ago when I was just finishing up secondary school (high school, for my American friends) and I loved it. In the years since, I've read all of the Dark Tower books with the exception of the last one and for me, it's my favourite book series. So when I heard of the movie being made I got excited. The casting of Idris Elba as Roland got me feeling slightly less excited. Don't get me wrong, I love Idris Elba more than what would be considered a legal amount, but I couldn't see him playing The Gunslinger. Then, I find out that the movie is PG-13. Not a major issue but it means that a lot of what happens in the books would need to be toned down for a younger audience. But I still had hope. Until I seen the trailer. It reminded me of that awful Wesley Snipes movie from a few years ago. I think it was called Gallow Walkers or something. So, the evidence was mounting up that perhaps the Dark Tower movie I'd been waiting on for 10 years wouldn't live up to my expectations. Then I saw it. And it was worse than I thought it would be. There's far too much stuff left out. Surely a TV series similar to Game of Thrones would have been a better way to go. Or better yet, a more tightly focused movie based on the first book. If done well they could have had a profitable series on their hands but instead we get a mess of a movie which will most likely put an end to any future plans for the series.

And for all the complaining I did about Idris Elba's casting he turned out to be the best thing about it. Though I still would have preferred Timothy Olyphant or Josh Brolin.
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Reply #2 posted 08/06/17 1:08pm

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EmmaMcG said:

I was so disappointed. I read The Gunslinger about 10 years ago when I was just finishing up secondary school (high school, for my American friends) and I loved it. In the years since, I've read all of the Dark Tower books with the exception of the last one and for me, it's my favourite book series. So when I heard of the movie being made I got excited. The casting of Idris Elba as Roland got me feeling slightly less excited. Don't get me wrong, I love Idris Elba more than what would be considered a legal amount, but I couldn't see him playing The Gunslinger. Then, I find out that the movie is PG-13. Not a major issue but it means that a lot of what happens in the books would need to be toned down for a younger audience. But I still had hope. Until I seen the trailer. It reminded me of that awful Wesley Snipes movie from a few years ago. I think it was called Gallow Walkers or something. So, the evidence was mounting up that perhaps the Dark Tower movie I'd been waiting on for 10 years wouldn't live up to my expectations. Then I saw it. And it was worse than I thought it would be. There's far too much stuff left out. Surely a TV series similar to Game of Thrones would have been a better way to go. Or better yet, a more tightly focused movie based on the first book. If done well they could have had a profitable series on their hands but instead we get a mess of a movie which will most likely put an end to any future plans for the series. And for all the complaining I did about Idris Elba's casting he turned out to be the best thing about it. Though I still would have preferred Timothy Olyphant or Josh Brolin.

sad Maybe Steven King will remake into a mini-series like he's done before...

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Reply #3 posted 08/06/17 2:19pm

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awww too bad.
“Do I dare Disturb the universe?”
― T.S. Eliot

“Only by acceptance of the past, can you alter it”
― T.S. Eliot
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Reply #4 posted 08/06/17 2:30pm

rdhull

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morningsong said:

awww too bad.

lol

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Reply #5 posted 08/07/17 11:35am

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Folks aren't talking nice about this show. Such a shame but I'm still going to see it anyway
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Reply #6 posted 08/07/17 2:33pm

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XxAxX said:

Folks aren't talking nice about this show. Such a shame but I'm still going to see it anyway

Its got some good visuals

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Reply #7 posted 08/07/17 3:23pm

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rdhull said:

XxAxX said:

Folks aren't talking nice about this show. Such a shame but I'm still going to see it anyway

Its got some good visuals



they had me at Idris Elba biggrin

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Reply #8 posted 08/07/17 3:46pm

EmmaMcG

XxAxX said:



rdhull said:




XxAxX said:


Folks aren't talking nice about this show. Such a shame but I'm still going to see it anyway

Its got some good visuals





they had me at Idris Elba biggrin



I don't know how familiar you are with the books but if, like me, you're a big fan then you'll be very disappointed with the movie. It's a very bad adaptation.

If you don't know about the book series, then you'll probably just think it's a badly made movie that completely wastes the talented actors involved.

Either way, you probably won't like it.
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Reply #9 posted 08/07/17 5:28pm

kingricefan

This movie is on another level of the Dark Tower. This movie is Jake's story, not the Gunslinger's. I went to see it with an open mind knowing that it was not going to be faithful to the original books. This isn't Stephen King's Dark Tower, it's the director's version. Stephen's name doesn't appear above the title on the movie. I thought they did a good job telling the tale in the amount of time they used. I'm sure there are tons of deleted scenes.

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