Movie Review: You'll Forget 'The Dark Tower' The Second You're Finished With It

Stick to the trailer — it's more exciting than the movie.

The Dark Tower (PG13)

Starring Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey

Directed by Nikolaj Arcel

The original plan was to turn Stephen King’s ‘unfilmmable’ genre-fusing eight-book saga — about malevolent forces threatening the titular structure, a portal that keeps the universe from bursting at the seams — into a movie trilogy and two TV series.

Sadly, as a franchise appetiser, The Dark Tower is muddled and — what’s that word? — underwhelming. The one thing that prevents the movie from sliding into the tedium mode are the towering presences of Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey; the former as the stoic gun-slinging hero Roland Deschain, and the latter as the hypnotic resident evil known as the Man in Black. (**1/2)

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