More than Batman or Superman, Warren Beatty’s bid to ace the summer-movie sweepstakes has been fashioned as a live-action comic strip — a lavishly eye-popping Day-Glo gangster movie. Beatty and his team of collaborators have heightened the vibrantly tawdry urban nightworld of Chester Gould’s classic comic strip: It’s as if a ’30s crime-wave melodrama had been colorized by Andy Warhol. As an exercise in American pop surrealism, the picture succeeds brilliantly, yet it also feels thin and dissociated. Beatty plays the hard-boiled Tracy as a charming, polite nothing, a Clark Kent with no Superman inside him. Overall, Dick Tracy could have used a little less color and a little more flesh and blood.
Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy, Comedy, Mystery and Thriller, Action/Adventure; Starring: Warren Beatty, Glenne Headly, Charlie Korsmo, Madonna, Al Pacino, Mandy Patinkin, Dick Van Dyke, Charles Durning, William Forsythe, Glenne Headly, Dustin Hoffman, Mandy Patinkin; Director: Warren Beatty; Author: Jim Cash; Runtime (in minutes): 103; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures
Posted June 22 1990 — 12:00 AM EDT
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