While we still wait to see some footage from the new Dredd movie and decide whether it will be any good or not it turns out John Wagner has already seen it. Even better, he seems to like it.
I went up to London yesterday to see the completed Dredd film. I’ve had reservations about certain aspects of it, and made them plain to the team at DNA. All but one of them – a little quibble at the beginning – have been addressed. And what a lot they’ve added. Music is on the button. SFX are excellent. Filming is impressive. I’ve not seen a modern 3-D movie before but I like it. I found myself reaching out trying to touch things that were dancing before my eyes. Karl is a great Dredd and Olivia gets Anderson completely. This is Dredd as it should be done – true to character, visceral, unrelentingly violent (but not off-puttingly so). It will open, I believe, sometime in September. No doubt you’ll let me know what you think when you’ve seen it, but this has my recommendation.
As for his little quibble he mentions that in the comments of his Facebook post.
The quibble: The use of modern day vehicles in a futuristic setting. Given the budget constraints it is hard to see what they could do to avoid it. It’s no big deal, really. It’s over quickly and once you’re past that it’s full steam ahead into Dreddworld. If this film does well we can expect the budget on the next to increase, therefore more money for such SFX. And just consider, on a budget effectively less than a fifth of the Stallone piece they’ve managed to make a movie far more representative of the character and strip we all know and love.
To be honest I have to agree with Mr Wagner. When I saw photos of the vehicles being used for the film it did make me go “Hmmm.”
The creators of comic book characters are often quite vocal when their creations are transferred to the big screen. That is usually because they hate what they see. *cough* Alan Moore *cough*.
This makes a nice change having the creator of Judge Dredd actually like it. This has made me a bit more excited about seeing the film. Looks like Karl Urban may just be the definitive Dredd.