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Based on the short story from 1985.
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Original screenplay from Stephen King.
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People who added this item 260 Average listal rating (159 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.7

Sequel to book series

I don't have any knowledge of the source material, so I don't know what this adaptation of The Dark Tower has omitted in its journey from the pages and on to the screen. It's a fast-paced action film with some interesting ideas in it and some cool action sequences, but more than anything else, The Dark Tower oozes of studio meddling. There are so many aspects in this film that seems unexplored and left out. The film is just the very bare bones of what I think it actually was. The story is crystal clear and it moves quickly from one beat to another, but it moves so quickly that there's no room to dwell on any of the ideas that are lurking beneath. There's also no room for any emotional connection whatsoever.

There is a talented cast here, who does the best they can with the material they're left with, but none of the characters have any depth to them. While being a film that should overthrow you with ideas, themes and emotion, The Dark Tower feels shamefully hollow.
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People who added this item 945 Average listal rating (633 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7

Based on the novel from 1983.
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People who added this item 1053 Average listal rating (718 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.7

Based on the novel from 1982.
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Based on the short story from 1977.
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People who added this item 283 Average listal rating (196 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 4.8

Sequel to the 1989 film
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Based on the novel from 1983.
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People who added this item 731 Average listal rating (496 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.5

Based on the novel from 1986.

The best thing about this new rendition of Stephen King's famous novel is the characters. They are, for the most part, well fleshed out and we're given proper reason to care for them. This makes the horror feel slightly more involving, even though we know that none of the kids are going to die.

So I think that It did a well job when it comes to most of the characters. I do however think that it struggles in the horror department. First and foremost, it's never scary. It looks scary. There is scary imagery in it. But aside from one or two moments, the film never feels scary. The problem is that I feel that the filmmakers have overdone it. They've gone out of their way to make sure that everything looks and sound really scary, but in their effort to do so, it turned the opposite way. The slightly poor CGI overtakes the film so much that the film loses its impact. The most glaring example however is Pennywise himself. He's quite simply not frightening. They should have gone with the "less is more" approach here. When he looks so overly scary, he loses the creepiness that made him so frightening to begin with, and is then reduced to an average horror film monster. One that we've seen a countless number of times.

The 1990's version of It had a real sense of atmosphere and dread. It was never properly scary either, but there was a sense of terror surrounding it that made it so great. This version doesn't capture that. It does a wonderful job with the characters, and it did never get boring because of that. But I never felt the horror. In the end, it's just fine.
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People who added this item 2601 Average listal rating (1646 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.1

Based on the novella "The Body" from 1982.
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