Well, its not the worse King adaptation to come along by a long shot...if that sounds like faint praise it is. Tom Taylor gives the only performance of note here with the two leads looking lost in their under-written parts. This was an adaptation that spent years in development hell and perhaps should have just faded away instead.
Idris Elba gives a badass performance in this very solid action/adventure film and McCounaghey is fun as the cold blooded villain. I have to admit I don't know shit about the source material so I can't attest to how faithful it is and how good it is in that respect but what I can attest to is that it is entertaining and a fun time at the cinema that held my attention and kept me on the edge of my seat.
Interesting actors can keep your attention only to a point with a lackluster screenplay resembling a SciFi channel B-movie more than a thought out adaptation of King's highly regarded series. I like how they tried to integrate the shining ability and the fish out of water humor but it was not nearly enough to maintain a consistent tone throughout. You can swear the actor start to look lost as it goes on!
For the book fans its a 1.5 or less.
For a regular person its a normal movie, not great, not that bad, just normal.
“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” -- The only thing that takes me to the books.
Solo profonda tristezza per un'epopea durata sette libri e 22 anni ridotta a questo filmetto per ragazzi dove l'Uomo in Nero cammina per un'ora e mezza con le mani dietro la schiena. Un pasticcio che non piacerà a nessuno: nè a chi ha letto i libri, che inorridirà davanti alla pochezza del tutto, né a chi non li ha letti che nella supercazzola della sceneggiatura non capirà niente.
Arcel and crew have managed to turn one of Stephen King's most creative works into one of the most dry and tedious films of this year... If they had created a film with one ounce of the creative and imagination on display in the source material they could have had the next Lord of the Rings on their hands... What a wast of potential! This film has truly forgotten the face of it's father.
Sembrerebbe più simile del dovuto a Doctor Strange e spesso normalizzato alla media dei film sui supereroi quando invece lo si sarebbe potuto rendere alla Cronenberg, alla Burton o anche solo alla The 100's o alla Westworld.