Below is the synopsis of "The Dark Tower," per IMDB.
The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black
Watch the trailer, or go actually see the film at your own risk, and tell if the film is worth seeing.
Not everyone hates "The Dark Tower." Hence, maybe moviegoers who really want to see it can remain optimistic about the film. Besides, Idris Elba leads the film. That's enough reason to give the film adaptation a shot.
Yes, the movie is getting mostly terrible reviews and it will likely make fans of the source material weep in the streets. I am beyond curious as to how the bad reviews and underwhelming ad campaign will slam up against the notion that folks have wanted a Dark Tower movies for years and it being the last big movie of the summer. But there is one reason you should absolutely try to see The Dark Tower in a theater this weekend or soon after. That reason is, by coincidence, also the best thing about the movie: Idris Elba.
Mendelson writes Idris "smolders and holds the screen exactly as you’d expect the star of Luthor and The Wire to do so when given the opportunity to play a mythic gunslinger in a big-budget fantasy epic." The critic calls it the movie's best performance and argues Idris carries the film. Heck, we can't argue with that.
But many other critics disagree. The film holds rotten rating of 20 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. That's pretty darn low. It's not even high enough to be considered as a mixed reaction among critics.
Rolling Stone's Peter Travers gave the film only 1 star. OUCH! He writes:
So much is so wrong about The Dark Tower, the stunted film version of Stephen King's marvelously dense and dazzling series of eight novels, that it's hard to know where to kick off a critical reckoning. The crux of the problem is that the bestselling author's magnum opus deserves an open-ended miniseries treatment, akin to what HBO has done with Game of Thrones or Peter Jackson's treatment of the magnificent cinematic trilogy Lord of the Rings.Instead, we get a 95-minute movie that plays like a mash-up of King's mythic themes with no connective tissue.