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Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy may be in the shadow of Tim Burton's Batman movie - a highly designed comic book/strip pulp with a pretty similar climax - but it goes its own, I think. Rather than make something more realistic, which has been the trend in the last couple decades, it goes further into the comic strip aesthetic, and ends up looking gorgeous. It's a world that follows the rules of four-color comics, with a limited, but vibrant palette used in props, costumes, and lighting. Much of the all-star cast is covered in latex, according to the srtip's caricatural style, but it's amazing who Beatty got to be in this movie considering! I'm a big fan of Stephen Sondheim, and he wrote all the songs for Breathless (no, I don't really mind Madonna in this, being in a noir and/or comics film allows for a limited performance, and she's better in this than in anything else I've seen her in). On a plot level, the film is nothing too special. A supercop must stop a gangland turf war and so on, with a love triangle and a kid that needs adoption. But it works as pastiche, the action is less important than the visuals, which give the project a sort subversive humor, and much of its charm.
Entertaining comic book adaptation with great cast, production design and lots of fun.Hadn't seen it in 15years but still holds up.
A very good 80's visual, but what is that it is boring ...
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This movie ranks #240 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #471 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office