Friday, August 4, 2017

The Dark Tower Is Excellent!

It has been an absolutely horrible week; one of the worst weeks in quite awhile; as I was waiting for the film to begin, someone asked me if I am a Stephen King fan, and as you know, I had to admit that I have never read any of his books, but we had a pleasant conversation, which was actually a gift from God, because it helped to lighten my heart from the burdens of the week so I could be prepared to watch the film and enjoy it, not just on a theoretical level, but a personal and spiritual one as well. It was a great film, and in addition to confirming everything we have been talking about for months--there is an AWESOME King Arthur reference--it also goes beyond that as well, which is what great films do: they see where other films are going, they join them, but they also add their own voice, their own observations and philosophy.
In short, I can't wait to watch it again.
Fire plays out on several levels of the film, so an image like this, when we see The Man In Black reflecting fire in his eyes, looks for a "companion," a symbol linking itself to something apparently different, but sharing a common thread of meaning. Jake's psychologist, during the meeting they have, does this with the drawings Jake makes and the night Jake's father died, so when this has been done at least once for us, we know it's an invitation to continue doing it throughout the rest of the film.
I will get this post up asap, and probably go see Detroit on Monday, and try to get that up asap, but you know what always happens to my plans (and, by the way, if Detroit is in your area this weekend, it might be a good idea to see it; since it's a limited release, it might not still be in your area next weekend and the reviews are all coming in at the highest possible marks, so you will want this one under your belt). If you are going to see The Dark Tower--and I highly recommend that you do--I can assure you that every symbol we have ever discussed at this blog, is in full-maximum over-drive mode, so when you see someone pulling a piece of glass out of their hand with their mouth, there are four symbols at play all at once: the blood, the hand, the glass and the mouth; how are those four symbols being pieced together as a whole? There are a ton of windows in the film, so each time you see a window, think, "That character is reflecting on something, what?" As usual, The Dark Tower post will contain spoilers, so please see it before reading the post. Also, the new Bruce Willis film, Death Wish, has some great hidden nuggets of wisdom and symbolic depth we will examine next week in greater detail.
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