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THE DARK TOWER (2017) Movie Review

  • By Cara Buckley
  • 03 Aug, 2017

Romans 12:6 says, "In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you." -NLT.

The Dark Tower  is a phenomenal adaptation of Steven King's book series. Naturally, it is impossible to fit seven books worth of material into a 95 minute film, but the film does a fantastic job of standing alone. It tells the story of a neglected boy's discovery of a world beyond his. In spite of its hopeless condition, he finds the understanding and validation of which he is deprived at home.

Jacob is a gifted child, a haunted child, and a severely misunderstood child. His prolific dreams are a remarkable gift, which have the potential to do great things and save lives. However, he suffers, because his loved ones refuse to support him. Not his mother, not his step-father, not his therapist, and not his neighbor.

In a desperate attempt to escape a danger no one else can perceive, he embarks on a journey that leads to a world stricken with destruction. It is a world he can help with his gifts. Roland, the gunslinger he encounters, not only gives him support, but also protection and understanding. The common experience of losing their fathers bind them. Only together can they save both of their world from demons that lurk beyond.

Psalm 8:2 says, "You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you." -NLT

There are few feelings worse than the lack of support from the people who are supposed to love you. It causes hopelessness. It causes despair. It is incredibly lonely. It makes one want to give up on life. Because of his selfish step-father and his spineless mother, Jacob suffers these feelings, and it nearly destroys him.

However, there are also few feelings better than validation. It is encouraging. It is empowering. It inspires. It makes one's gifts thrive. Once united with Roland who validates him, his gift becomes stronger. Strong enough to fight evil and save the world.

More so, Jacob guides Roland off of his dark path. The poor man is plagued with bitterness and revenge. His partnership with Jacob gives him validation of his own, and his purpose to protect others is reignited. Jacob eventually becomes a protegee as well as a friend. Ultimately, they become family.

Proverbs 22:6 says, "Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it." -NLT

Validation is one of the most powerful tools one can wield. It should be our most common tool. For the sake of the Great Commission. For the sake of our children. For the sake of lost souls everywhere.

How many people did you validate today?

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