The Dark Tower (2017)

The Dark Tower
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Writer: Akiva GoldsmanJeff PinknerAnders Thomas Jensen, Nikolaj Arcel
Based on: Stephen King’s series of novels
Cast: Idris ElbaMatthew McConaugheyTom TaylorDennis HaysbertJackie Earle HaleyFran KranzAbbey LeeKatheryn Winnick
Seen on: 16.8.2017

Jake (Tom Taylor) has been having visions. Visions of Roland (Idris Elba) who has been on a quest since about forever, trying to keep the Dark Tower that keeps the universe together from falling. But the Tower is under attack from Walter (Matthew McConaughey) and his henchmen. Jake finally connects with Roland for real, realizing that he has a bigger part to play in Roland’s quest than anyone knew.

The Dark Tower is a catastrophe, but as an adaption of the novels (that I haven’t yet all read) and as a film in its own right. Since I heard nothing good about the film beforehand, my expectations were already low, but the film still limbo danced under them with ease.

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Den skaldede frisør [Love Is All You Need] (2012)

Den skaldede frisør
Director: Susanne Bier
Writer: Anders Thomas Jensen
Cast: Trine Dyrholm, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Bodnia, Paprika Steen, Sebastian Jessen, Molly Blixt Egelind, Christiane Schaumburg-Müller, Micky Skeel Hansen

Ida (Trine Dyrholm) has just halfway recovered from breast cancer and is planning a trip to Italy where her daughter Astrid (Molly Blixt Egelind) is about to get married to Patrick (Sebastian Jessen). But just before she leaves, she catches her husband Leif (Kim Bodnia) in bed with Thilde (Christiane Schaumburg-Müller), her son Kenneth (Micky Skeel Hansen) deploys as a soldier, she meets Patrick’s father Philip (Pierce Brosnan), a grumpy workaholic and widower, and it just seems a time for rebooting all around.

Den skaldede frisør is quite the departure from Hævnen. Where that movie was all heavy earnestness, Den skaldede frisør is mostly entertaining fluff (in fact, the parts that try to be more serious don’t work out that much). Not quite what I expected, but I did enjoy it.


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Hævnen [In a Better World] (2010)

Hævnen is the newest film by Susanne Bier, written by Anders Thomas Jensen and starring William Jøhnk Nielsen, Markus Rygaard, Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm and Ulrich Thomsen.

After the death of his mother, Christian (William Jøhnk Nielsen) and his father Claus (Ulrich Thomsen) move back to Denmark from London. That is, Claus still keeps working there and Christian stays with his grandmother. In his new school he violently defends Elias (Markus Rygaard) who is bullied a lot. Elias’ parents are in the process of getting a divorce – Anton (Mikael Persbrandt) spends most of his time in Africa as a doctor. Both boys feel left alone but strike up a friendship with each other. But Christian’s (self-)destructive tendencies are spiraling out of control.

Hævnen is a very serious movie. It asks Big Questions(TM) about difficult subjects and it does so very well. But all this seriousness gets a little stifling at times and then you wish that they’d just crack a joke. A little one. Please?
That is not to say that it isn’t an excellent film – it is. It’s just so obvious that the people involved decided that they would make foremost an important film. Everything else came second.

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