The Dark Tower ★★½

Didn't have the time to write a full review of this, though I'm not sure I could have mustered the enthusiasm in any case. But I can say this much: I was under the impression Stephen King's self-proclaimed magnum opus was a more serious endeavour than this YA adaptation-styled interpretation (far more Neverending Story than Lord of the Rings), that at once streamlines entire books worth of plot into 90 minutes - rendering the titular Dark Tower as a barely explained or even referenced McGuffin - and yet stuffs in so many references to the series' lore that the viewer is left behind well before the climax. Ultimately no one is left pleased: fans of the books surely won't see the same spirit in this infantilised rendition, while the younger audiences to which it skews will likely find it too drab and visually uninspiring.