After a difficult journey to the silver screen – with reports of a troubled production and the release date being moved back twice – The Dark Tower has finally arrived to a dreadful reception from critics.
The Stephen King adaptation, starring Idris Elba as gunslinger Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, mixes western with horror and sci-fi and focuses on a dark tower, which protects both the world we know and a far more mysterious land called Mid-World.
A Guardian reviewer branded it a “uniquely flavorless slog”, suffering from a “shambolic script” and a “ramshackle plot”. They also questioned the point of monsters who seemed to have “no tangible effect” on the storyline.
Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter said that while The Dark Tower has a good cast and is “satisfying enough to please many casual moviegoers”, it will likely “disappoint many serious fans”.
Mashable describes the film as “akin to listening to someone describe a dream they had last night – it’s full of sloppy and-then-this-happeneds and oh-right-did-I-forget-to-mentions. It’s just as difficult to follow, and almost as boring.”