Dick Tracy (1990)
Based on the famous comic detective known for his yellow hat and coat, Warren Beatty stars as Dick Tracy as he tries to take down Big Boy Caprice (Al Pacino) and his gang before they can take over the city through means of gambling and corruption. With solid, vivid colors around every turn, and a city created totally from Hollywood construction, director Warren Beatty brought the character to life right out of the comic strip. If I didn’t know any better I would have thought this was directed by Tim Burton the way the world is created (and the wonderful music by Danny Elfman), but I was shocked to discover that Dick Tracy himself created this whole production. Most of the well known characters make appearances such as Flattop, Prune Face, Mumbles, Lips Manlis, Itchy, Breathless, 88 keys, Baby Face, Influence and Tess Trueheart. Interwoven between the guns, explosions and police work is the love triangle between Tracy, Tess (Glenne Headly) and Breathless (Madonna) that leaves Tracy distracted and sometimes making the wrong choices, but in the end, it is his love for Tess that leads him to victory. Making an appearance on my personal top 100 list, Dick Tracy has been a favorite of mine since I saw it as a boy.
Update 2017: I recently saw this after spending many years with Reel and Unscripted and I’m sad to say that Dick Tracy is dropping down to a rating of 7. This is mainly due to the slow nature of the story towards the beginning as the first hour is mainly character development. I still really enjoy this movie and the production and colors are great, but the nostalgia factor kept this movie quite high on many lists for me and in reality, Dick Tracy is a pretty good movie, but it’s not great. I wish this movie had a story that was more involved like a real mystery or crime case. It also could have benefit from a sequel.
7/10 Stars – Wonderful colors, production and characters which brings this world to life. I just wish the story was more thought provoking.
Wow…Dick Tracy is an impressive Hollywood display from acting, to makeup, to sets and costumes this one has it all. The whole film is like a party for your senses! You can’t but love “the kid” as he scarfs down more food than any human could ever consume. And if you don’t know anything about the comic then you will enjoy the little twist, fondly called NoFace. This one is more than worth your time and you get the added bonus of decent music courtesy of Madonna.
9/10 Stars – Party on with this film as it overloads your senses with colorful goodness.
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