As noted in earlier posts here, I saw the Dredd BD and liked it. I return now to report that (1) I watched it again tonight and (2) Last week saw the old, original Judge Dredd, with that peerless thespian, Sylvester Stallone. First to the old original. Although the public seemed not to like it much, when i saw it again on one of the premium movie channels, I really liked it. It is high camp, in a class with Starship Troopers. Well, almost in that class. Stallone's painful lack of talent worked to his advantage because it contributed to the silliness and good humor of the exercise. Better yet, the equally talentless, Armand Assante, was allowed to eat all the scenery in sight. I was hugely entertained.
When I saw Dredd again tonight, I liked it even better than when I saw it last winter. I was still bothered by never being able to see Karl Urban's face but that's a quibble. The cast was uniformly terrific, especially Lena Headey as the Heavy From Central Casting, Ma-Ma. Like Armand Assante before her, Headey was allowed to eat the scenery but she can act, so it was a lot of fun. I had never heard of the film's director, Pete Travis, but thought he did a terrific job. Although the whole thing was incredibly violent, I thought it was all done with style and the film looked and sounded great from beginning to end. I rated it at 7 Stars out of 10 when I first saw it but have now raised that assessment to 8 Stars out of 10. It's a shame that it didn't do better at the boxoffice.