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)