The stylish and gritty trailer balances action with world-weary exhaustion. - From Vox
After months of anticipation, the trailer for The Dark Tower is here, and while it can’t hope to encompass everything that made Stephen King’s eight-book fantasy-Western epic beloved by fans, it has plenty of the elements they were hoping for.
As he pursues the Man in Black, he’s pursued himself by Jake (Tom Taylor), a boy from New York City whose visions of the Gunslinger and his world have led him to cross the border between universes.
The Gunslinger’s path isn’t glorified, and The Dark Tower seems to be tonally in line with this year’s earlier cinematic deconstruction of heroes, Logan.
Director and co-writer Nikolaj Arcel (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, A Royal Affair) has a difficult job in packaging a complex eight-book series into a feature-length story — though a reported follow-up television series, also starring Elba and Taylor, will presumably share that burden.
In fact, the story itself may be a key to why this happens: The Dark Tower is a story full of cycles — so much so that the new film is simultaneously an adaptation of the books and (spoilers at the link) a sequel to them.