As it happens I waited and we went t'other afternoon and Tony, it was amazing.
|I AM THE LUURGH|
So why is all new Dredd any different?
Because it entirely understands the source material.
Screenwriter, director and star all grew up reading 2000AD. It was an entirely British affair that felt no need to ingratiate the film with the wider, denser, spoon fed audience. They went for a hard edged, violent crime story and implemented an intentionally sly take on the humour of the comic rather than getting Rob Schneider in to crack some jokes.
A few months ago a writer on The Quietus bemoaned the fact that an early trailer looked like an episode of The Shield. He was right to make that comparison because it does fit to a degree, but I don't see that as a flaw, more a massive and delicious boon to the property. This Mega City One is like the L.A. of The Shield got high on meth and humped the ghettos of Johannesburg, giving birth to a sprawling shit-hole of spectacular proportions. What kind of cop does this new metropolis need?
Karl Urban's Dredd may not match the modern airbrushed pictures that adorn the glossy pages of 2000AD and the Megazine but cast your eyes back to the early Ezquerra and McMahon strips of the 1970s and the likeness is uncanny. Like everybody else I always pictured Dredd in the early days, and imagined him sounding like, Clint Eastwood and Urban uses the same skills that make his Bones take in Star Trek so bang on the money to make his Dredd literally sweat period Eastwood DNA.
The one massive flaw with my experience with Dredd was 3D. It was well used on the occasions when the slo mo drug was in use but on the whole, as with Prometheus and John Carter, it is a blurry, detail obscuring distraction and I can't wait until:
- It fucks right off
- Cinemas realise that giving me a choice of watching it in 2D is more important than their profits
- Dredd comes out on blu ray
- Dredd makes a bundle at the box office in the USA and a sequel gets greenlit because Alex Garland wants to do the Dark Judges... Mmmmmm... Dark Judges...