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Yes, ‘The Dark Tower’ movie still doesn’t work

By in Press Enterprise on October 27, 2017

By Rob Lowman

Now coming out on DVD, “The Dark Tower,” based on a series of Stephen King novels that combine horror and fantasy, looked like it was going to be a fun ride.

The books centered on Roland Deschain, something of a medieval knight in Western gunslinger mode. He lives in a place called Mid-World, which runs parallel to our own, and faces off against a bad guy who dresses all in black.

They both are able to cross back and forth between their world and modern-day Earth, where they encounter Jake (the newcomer Tom Taylor), a boy who with psychic powers who has been having visions of Mid-World, which is in trouble.

Idris Elba plays Roland and Matthew McConaughey is the man in black. You would think the presence of the two powerhouse actors would be enough to hold your attention, but “The Dark Tower” grows murky quickly.

Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, whose last film was the 18th-century Danish drama “A Royal Affair,” the movie seems confused by the mash-up of genres and the rather thick mythology King has laid on. Since it lists four screenwriters, it’s now clear nobody got a handle on it.

What works on a page in a King story often needs to be trimmed, reimagined and refocused for the screen. Otherwise, you get want you have in “The Dark Tower,” an unappetizing hash.

Gemma Chan as Anita/Mia, in Season 2 of AMC’s “Humans .”

It’s a thin week for new titles. So have fun trick and treating. One worth checking out, though, is the second season of the sci-fi drama “Humans.” The AMC series continued the intriguing story of the awakening of an artificial intelligence known a “Synths” and how people react to them.As the Synths awkwardly struggle with their new emotions, humans either fear them or, curiously, begin to act like them.

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