As the live-action Disney movies continue, this is a surprisingly watchable and enjoyable movie and far better than it rightfully should be.
Whilst children will love the imagery and spectacle of the movie, there's actually just about enough entertainment here for adults too. A surprising success.
How on earth can you recapture the magic of the original?
Back in June 1993 I was 9 1/2 years old, I'd read the newspaper articles (which I still have!) about the $1 million dollar minute sequence of the T-Rex attacking the tour group in the pouring rain, I'd queued up following raptor footprints in a snaking line outside the cinema to cram into my seat next to my dad, and I managed to sit for the first time ever…
Ouch. A $50million budget and only $13million in box office returns. Even the Sly Stallone starring Judge Dredd returned $34million at the box office (back in '95), and we all know how bad that was. So what's the deal? How can a consistently highly rated movie do so poorly? Namely because of idiots like me.
When I first saw the images of Dredd online and in movie magazines it really didn't appeal at all. Urban looked like either his head…
One hell of a movie.
Don't watch this expecting tonnes of action and shoot outs at high noon, it's not that sort of western. This is a character study filled with fine actors putting in career finest performances, gorgeous cinematography and an engaging and involving story.
Deakins is on cinematography duty here and the film looks absolutely phenomenal as a result. The interior shots are beautifully lit, the costume design, the blood, sweat and grit are all perfectly captured, but…