This week’s “Cogill Wine and Film, A Perfect Pairing” on reVolver Podcasts we experience what may be the worst film of 2017. A film that makes “Baywatch” look cerebral, “The Dark Tower.” Our pairing, and slightly less dreadful, a red blend from California called Apothic Dark.
Thankfully, we also had a well-made sequel to the 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Sequel” that we will share a few more thoughts on in our next post.
But, for now, listen to the show here, and click “Episode 56.” A few more thoughts from Gary on the film below.
The Film: “The Dark Tower”
Let’s get this out of the way immediately. “The Dark Tower” is a dreadful film on almost every level. Writing? Dreadful. Directing? Dreadful. Special Effects? Dreadful. Acting? Dreadful, but not their fault.
Ten minutes into this leading candidate for the worst film of the year I started making fun of every scene and over-noticing every detail. Why is Matthew McConaughey’s hair so odd and why is he not breaking out into laughter saying the things he is saying.
Fifteen minutes into this potential Razzie winner I felt sorry for, Idris Elba, an actor I admire and a lost character in search of a movie. I did not feel sorry the young star of, “The Dark Tower,” because he’s too young to know any better and I never feel sorry for Steven King. He is a prolific genius novelist and he’s been through this many times before.
Which brings me to writer, director, Nikolaj Arcel, and his massively dismembered film that rarely initiates interest of any kind from the audience. A 96 minute waste of time that gets worse and worse with every gun shot, flaming background, and time traveling portal.
books are almost always better than movies but an eight book series deserves a mini series not a feature film. That’s why television is currently in it’s best shape in history and movies are doing their best to kill the audience.
I can’t explain the plot of “The Dark Tower,” but even if i could I would need more space and more time and I’m already done.
It’s not the worst film I have ever seen but it does make “Baywatch” seem cerebral.
Go see “Dunkirk,” again. “