5 Things Parents Should Know About ‘The Dark Tower’

5 Things Parents Should Know About ‘The Dark Tower’

Jake Chambers isn’t your typical New York City teenage boy. In fact, he’s quite weird.

His friends follow sports. But he dwells on fantasy worlds filled with a dark tower, a wretched “man in black,” demonic-looking creatures, and a gunslinger. He’s not sure how it’s all connected. He just knows it’s bad. And each time he has a new dream about that crazy stuff, he makes a sketch and hangs it on his bedroom wall. There now are dozens of them.

No one, though, believes his apocalyptic warnings – not even his loving mom, who has taken him to multiple counseling sessions, with nothing to show for it.

Perhaps Jakes truly is insane.

Then one day, visitors from another world try and kidnap Jake. He escapes, but in the process he stumbles upon an old abandoned house that is hiding a portal to other planets light years away.

The good news: He was right all along. The bad news: Earth is on the verge of destruction.

The Dark Tower (PG-13), now in theaters, is based on Stephen King’s eight-book series, which itself was inspired equally by Robert Browning’s poem “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came.,” J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings,” and 1970s-era spaghetti (or Italian) Western movies.

The movie is part-science fiction, part-fantasy and part-Western – but 100 percent fun. It posits the existence of a tower that “stands at the center of the universe” and “protects us from darkness.” The Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey) wants to knock down that tower, an action that would unleash evil unlike we have seen. And the gunslinger? His name is Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last of a breed of knight-like gunslingers who fought the galaxy’s bad dudes.

Here are five things parents should know:

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