I've read the whole series and I've read all the comics...
I enjoyed the movie. Lots of good things to talk about it. Few bumps. One or two bad moments.
Overall, good movie. I hope they make more.
So, let's get into it—and since I enjoyed the movie, it won't be that long of a review: more to talk about when it sucks :)
So, this is the world you know....
Now, the WHEEL has turned and Roland has been returned to the beginning....and yet, it's not the beginning as you know it, nor is THIS "The Gunslinger" the same as the one you've read, the world has moved on and many things have changed and yet some things are still the same.....
So, that's crucial point in understanding and accepting this movie as BOTH (book) 8 and yet the start of a WHOLE NEW ADVENTURE.
IF YOU CAN'T ACCEPT THAT, DON'T EVEN BOTHER WATCHING THE MOVIE
But for those who can, let us continue.
So, this time around the story focuses on Jake Chambers. He is the central character.
And since we know Jake had a very tough go-of-it in the books (his deaths*) I'm was good with this.
First we get to see WHAT is happening outside our world:
The Tower is being assaulted by psychic children, via the pyramid and strange, futuristic technology *As is revealed in later books and kinda is brushed aside as a fact. But then why reveal it early? Why start here? BECAUSE this time Jake is important for that very reason...
The early part of the story follows Jake suffering from visions and hallucinations and nightmares about The Man in Black and the DARK TOWER and then later Roland. His life, family and friends are a mess because of it.
His father is dead. Different from the books. Fine. *The "reason" for his mental state in the movie.
His mother has either remarried or has a live in bf/ Fine. ~Not sure how much time has passed since Jake's dad died, so, this could either be reasonable or not. Seems like he'd only recently died, like say within the last year(s) So this was something they could've explained better.
Jake sees some very important and telling things before the movie gets really going.
1) Roland has the horn
Though we know when and where he lost it the LAST time
2) Steven LIVED!
In the books, Roland never got to grow-up with his Father being around. BUT this time around the wheel, Roland never loses the horn and his father survived long into the war against The Man in Black and his forces....So, wow, very different history this time.
The Man in Black fled across the Desert and the Gunslinger Followed...
So, as Jake appears to go crazier and crazier with his visions and darkness and The Tower being attacked and the Man in Black and Roland and everything, guess who show up?
~I will say, I wish Jake's potential insanity was developed more, scarier..
And the movie did a pretty good job with the creatures, various ways they were shown.
Of course, with the servants, comes the Master
Matthew did a pretty good job being evil and yet I do wish he'd looked more like Marten Broadcloak and less like Matthew
Or perhaps splice in abit of the Walking Dude *cause they're the same character really :)
Never the less, I enjoyed Matthew's portrayal and he used more magic in the movie than every in the books, which was great and yet some of the effects in the movie were a bit cheap—specifically during the final fight: ricocheting ONCE or TWICE is fine, but WOW... and trope thinking: "Telekinesis solves everything and NO BODY, ABSOLUTELY NO BODY IS TIRED OF IT YET" was just a bonehead idea. Fire that person. But otherwise, yeah, pretty good.
After fleeing his abductors and realizing he's not insane, Jake crosses over to Mid World via means similar to the book and meets the Gunslinger himself. From there, the plot grows as they both learn WHY Jake can see what he sees and that he's infact linked to the Tower too and that means The Man in Black is going to be coming for him, which is good for Roland because he wants revenge above everything else.
I won't tell you what happens, or how it happens or what BIG monsters show up or how the movie is pretty similar to the books in particular plot points....you've got to see it for yourself.
However, I will say, fans of King's Dark Tower Universe will have lots of great Easter Eggs, showing just how far the reach of this movie was and where their eyes might be headed for the future.
So, Ka is a Wheel and it's turned again.
I can't wait to see if/when they do The Drawing of The Three (how it'll be reinterpreted and updated and blended with other elements of other stories) Or hell, they might jump to Wasteland or my favorite, Wizard and Glass. That's the best thing about this for me, it's new and familiar.
So, right out of the gate, let me say this movie was bar far, I'll repeat that, BY FAR, the best the DCU has put out since MoS. Now, that being said, we can move forward and discuss this first ever film singularly depicting this TITAN of comic history and one of the HOLY TRINITY and founding members of the Justice League
*And no, Cyborg shouldn't be there, it should be Martian Manhunter :)
Ok, so, everything that takes place in Themiscyra was great.
The Set. Costumes. Combat. Throne and some of the best acting moments in the whole movie. Even the fight on the beach, which I thought was going to be silly, was pretty cool.
The two women beside Diana, her Mother (right) her aunt (left) gave great performances. Maybe we'll see them again?
Steve Trevor (Left of Diana) and his band of Misfit Soldiers were kinda, well, there as filler. Yet also somehow not needed. Kinda funny. Hints of complex backstories that went nowhere. So, they were okish. Think something on your plate that you might eat, but if you didn't, no one would be offended because the hero of the meal didn't really need anything else to make it satisfying.
******And it's not fair to make the comparison to Captain America's Band of Brothers, which to me makes more sense given he's an actual soldier and so that depth is more reasonable to spend time on, given Cap is a Hero within a war and Wonder Woman is a Hero traveling through war *Because if Aries was, say...IN LONDON, away from the FRONT LINE....the vibe of the film would've been much different. Also, Cap's guys had barely any screentime vs Wonder Woman's******
And, yes Steve's buddies, they served to tease the dynamics and complexities of THE GREAT WAR and maybe to broaden her understanding of men, each unique. But, not even close enough to stop me from wondering what could've been done, in the film, if all their screen time had gone to, say, Wonder Woman?
Just saying, fewer characters. More women. Each important. Ya know, it works really really well.
1) Yes! Great job on the Movie character. The Comic image, well, yeah. Not good.
2) Hmm? About time spent on characters who could've used more playtime on screen, more story? Yeah, here's a good example.
Why are all Boss Fights/Final Showdowns so hard to see?
Why does the DCU, since MoS, love the same Fire + Smoke + Debris + Super Fast Action Sequence ALL CGI?????? Plz, someone show them there are other times to fight in and there's plenty of other things to contrast with. Also, video-game style fight scenes aren't a must, you can mix it up with real actors and real sets and real action, intermixed with the super crazy stuff. Trust me. We'll love it.
See, you're seeing this now and you're saying to yourself "What's the big deal, I can see all this clearly" But what you've got to remember, is this is a LOOP and this is only a few seconds of the action. During the WHOLE final showdown....well, you'll get the point when you see it.
So. I'm not going to spoil the plot for you, or even talk about the Villain—who I have many thoughts about. Instead, you should go see the movie. And again, so you don't get me wrong. I really did enjoy the movie. I went with my daughters and my wife. It was great to see them watching this Goddess take her rightful place in Cinema.
Glad DCU has something else to finally be happy with.
I wasn't blown away with the first episode, but then I'm not sure if was blown away by this point in the novel either?
My only complaint about the first episode was Bilquis and the New God of the Internet. What we got from her was kinda tame—I wanted something a big more monstrous, little more Super Natural. What we got from him was also basic; pretty sure the book had better details.
The second episode was better. Better actors. Getting deeper into the story.
Maybe this is where I started enjoying the book more.
All-in-all, not a bad show so far.
Though no idea how they're going to stretch it out into two seasons (without maybe altering the path of the novel) because the book isn't very long.