Haven't read a sentence from any of the Dark Tower books. Just got back from seeing the movie with someone who's read them all.
To my uneducated eyes, this was pretty generic and forgettable stuff. I was amusing myself throughout the first twenty minutes by pretending like it was a remake of RETURN TO OZ filtered through a YA blandifier. You may laugh, but look at the setup:
- Kid dreams about a fantasy world that no one else believes in.
- Caretakers consequently think the kid is bonkers and resolve to ship him off to an asylum for treatment.
- Asylum people are evil so the kid runs away, getting transported to the fantasy world.
- First location in the fantasy world is a desolate desert.
...that's around the time the movie stopped giving me enough parallels to continue the game. Considering there's like thirty books I was expecting something oppressively confusing and dense, but the story was pretty basic and easy to follow, and what really hampers engagement is just lousy momentum and the fact that this feels interchangeable with fifty other movies. And it's damn anti-climactic that Matthew McConaughey is able to kill people by commanding them to die yet is as vulnerable to bullets as I am.
I'm curious to know what book readers make of this. My companion only offered that "they didn't explain enough," suggesting that there's Easter eggs that will only be meaningful to those with background knowledge. For instance there was a brief moment where some random orbs got shown that were audibly recognized to be more than random orbs by my companion. Stuff like that. Do the books do anything to explain why the Mid-World has rabbits and sheep but no chickens?
From an infidel's perspective, this was two shrugs out of four.