Like I said, I don't really know much about The Dark Tower series. I know that it features a unique mix of western and sci-fi elements, accompanied by a rich mythology and a classic battle between good and evil. Reaction to the trailer out of CinemaCon was mixed, with some fans in attendance noting that the trailer didn't accurately convey the tone or genre of the novels. I haven't quite been able to assess the fan reaction to this trailer, but it's safe to say that I'm not entirely sure what to think yet. The Dark Tower looks both epic and generic, wonderfully weird and somewhat disconcertingly safe. I love the big-screen combination of Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, and some of the action scenes look very cool and different. I don't know if the young protagonist is a feature of the book or an added element of Arcel's adaptation, but I think it'll make the main characters seem legendary and interesting in a way. August is a dead zone for movies this year, so The Dark Tower will undoubtedly the marquee event of the month for blockbuster fans. Whether it'll be a revolutionary smash hit that starts a franchise- I'm not so sure. But this is an intriguing first look, one that promises something different for the summer months. They haven't sold me yet, but I'm hoping that this could be special.
The Dark Tower opens on August 4.
Poster courtesy of Sony