I saw the film Dredd today.
I'm not going to write a massive review (I liked it), and will not waffle on about how I was raised on 2000ad, and how much I loved Dredd (along with almost all of the staple characters from the early 2000ad years). I will say, though, that I hope that the film does well.
Films, and entertainment in general, need middle budget independent projects to do well. They are a dying breed, pushed aside by low- and lower than low-budget, and the hyper-budget corporate sponsored stuff that does so well during the summer (Avengers, for example).
Yes, those films can be okay, but middle budget is a beautiful place where creativity grows, where story telling is experimental (and not committee led) and they are a great place to employ people learning about their crafts.
We need the middle ground back - it's been falling away more and more each year.
If you haven't seen Dredd yet, and like comic books and comic book movies, go to see it - it's a well crafted and inventive film.
And two things, importantly, Dredd has no real arc to talk of, because he doesn't need one - he is the law, fully formed! Secondly - the helmet stays on.