After months of speculation and a marketing campaign that started and stopped at the weirdest times, Columbia Pictures and God herself seem to have decided that we should finally get a look at this August’s adaptation of Stephen King’s magnum opus, the Dark Tower series.

And now, at long last, here is the trailer:

To be honest, I’m still having trouble believing that the trailer is finally here. Despite being a fairly recent convert to the series, having started reading the books in the January of 2016, seeing these characters and their worlds on screen just feels like a dream of mine.

But am I excited for this dream? Hell yes. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey look perfectly cast as Roland and the Man in Black, Tom Taylor seems like a good choice for Jake, the cinematography looks gorgeous, the action shown in the trailers looks super-fun, and hearing Elba deliver the Gunslinger’s Prayer made me absolutely giddy. I cannot wait for August to come around so I can finally see this movie.

So what do you fine folks of the internet think of this? Leave your responses in the comments below, say thankee.

  • Andrew Clark

    What a bad trailer! After all this time it’s underwhelming to have something that feels so generic instead of something that’s cut a little more…interestingly.

    I’m sure we’ll get better trailers as the marketing continues (if it does) but in the meantime, this is a pretty placid representation of a film from a studio trying to market it as widely as possible…which means they made a trailer, maybe even a whole movie, that will appeal to no one at all.

    Focusing on Jake and Exposition feels like such a mistake to me. Also McConaughey isn’t doing anything for me yet!

    I love these books and want this movie to be great, but the wind is gone from my sails a little bit.

    • dianec

      I think that’s what always happens with sci-fi stuff. If this was a standard western it wouldn’t matter but i guess regular audiences still need to be eased into stories that introduce multiple universes (or planets, which is an interpretation I bet some people will have),

      • Andrew Clark

        I totally dig that but do not think that being Sci Fi and high fantasy based precludes them from giving dramatic weight to any of the scenes. Everything feels weightless. The reveal of the Tower feels like nothing. The Mid-World door is just there. Flagg seems totally uninteresting.

        It’s not a matter of the specifics so much as how they’re portrayed. Nothing feels important.

    • jeves23

      I’m into it.
      But I agree that there is a bit of generic feel to it* (THE GUNSLINGER especially felt like a dangerous book), but I get it – Sony wants this to be a big series, so they need to get asses in seats and they don’t want to scare people away with the first film.*
      I think they are likely underestimating people a bit, and I hope that there are some scenes that feel dangerous the way that first book did, but even more than that I hope that if they continue on with the series it isn’t afraid to bring in the more out there elements, and the darker themes and character moments.

      *While also holding some really great shots and moments, even if they aren’t exactly what I would have envisioned.

      **Also, Tom Rothmans is in charge over there, so…. yeah.

    • Jamikel

      Sadly, this doesn’t even feel like a bad trailer for a potentially good movie, either. Unless this trailer is a gross misrepresentation, this feels like about as basic and uninteresting a plot as they could have gone with.

      • Agreed. I feel like this trailer is very representative of Goldsman’s script

    • I will say this: I’m now genuinely curious about the books, because I can see that the story interests me and I’d like to experience it in its proper form, since the film appears to abandon mystery for plot.

  • Something
    • I dig the imagery of the lone figure in the wasteland. That stuff appeals to me much more than the CGI porn. I wish not every big Hollywood thing had to have massive messes of chaotic CG business. The imagery because so unfocused, unspecific.

  • dianec

    A few thoughts:

    Not being familiar with the books, but knowing they’re a sweeping epic, I don’t blame the studio for presenting what is a fairly simple and trope-laden plot. I think the details will matter here and they probably want to ease us all in. Im sure we will find out more about what Roland and the Man in Black can do and why Jake senses the Tower and all of that mythology.

    I thought Elba would have his British accent. This is a Western but it’s not like he can’t be British. I wonder how his dialogue would be with his native accent. McConaughey keeps his no matter what movie he’s in (partly because it’s pretty iconic for him).

    The action isn’t very…I don’t want to say “unique” but it’s not amazing. It’s clearly shot though, and that’s necessary to know what’s going on so I appreciate that about it. Even with the fancy and inefficient reloading you know what’s happening in the trailer.

    The man who plays Jake’s psychiatrist was on Agents of SHIELD recently.

    • jeves23

      Roland is supposed to be from basically a twin of America, so it makes sense that he wouldn’t have Elba’s accent, but I always had a weird British/Mid-Atlantic hybrid thing in my head while reading the books for some reason, so I would have been fine with him having an accent.

  • So… I have very mixed feelings about this.

    On one hand, a lot of what I love about THE DARK TOWER has clearly survived intact to the big screen, and that’s cool. I was particularly excited to hear Roland mention forgetting the face of his father.

    On the other, I think turning Jake into the exposition upon which every single rule of Mid-World is explained in the most ham-handed way possible is a mistake.

    “Is he the devil?”
    “He’s worse.”

    That’s bad. That’s very, very bad.

    Time will tell, but I’m concerned.

    • Andrew Clark

      I knew they were going to throw in too much of the rest of the world, but it still pains me because The Gunslinger is so bare bones and streamlined as a narrative.

      “The Man in Black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.”

      • I like the remnants of the old world they show, but I bet they abandon that for too much NYC action

  • Lilgreenman

    I’m genuinely surprised how up my alley this trailer makes it look – I’ll be watching things a lot more closely than I was before.

    This is probably because my younger self had so much in common with Jake as depicted here, down to the same thoughtful mop-top.

  • I’m hoping that’s just a bad trailer. There’s glimpses of interesting stuff, but it feels very background. The end fight looking part disappoints me. This shouldn’t end with a giant CGI tumble, but it probably will

    • Precisely my take on it. A pile of expensive imagery with expository plot dumping, plays more like a pitch reel for dumb execs than a trailer meant to spark intrigue. But yeah, hopefully it doesn’t reflect on the film.

  • ryanrochnroll

    I’ve been watching this thing.

    I’ve been sorting through it all. Chewing on it. I finally just watched it in my tv.

    I’m on board. They’re doing some weird and interesting things here. And it looks in line with what I expected reading between the beats. The key thing to keep in mind here is that they are not sellling this to me they’re selling this to the people I try to talk DARK TOWER to. People with no attachment.

    This is a sequel to the books. It’s not an adaptation. This is the correct approach. Moments and characters and beats will appear, but this is a version of the story that follows all we know. This is the 100th cycle. Roland has the Horn of Eld. Walter (who knows the nature of the quest) is no longer a passive manipulator. He may even understand and learn from his own mistakes.

    This story appears to spread outward from the sordid weirdness of the Dixie Pig, rather than the static confusion of the Mohaine Desert. This actually makes sense as this appears to be an ending rather than a beginning. The story changed as King changed, and he actually committed to the themes established in the beginning.

    The Morricone touches in the score nail down that the DNA is here but with a clarity brought from a holistic focus, rather than a pinpoint.

    I’m on board.

  • ryanrochnroll

    Piece of advice: Watch this on your television.
    I’ve come around on it.

  • I’m not feeling it, but it’s only a trailer. I love the concept, the cast is untouchable, and it’s clearly a herculean, beautiful effort. But, there’s no mystery here. Everything is laid out and it feels flat and inert. I don’t think this reflects on the film, however. I think it’s just uninspired marketing.