Sure it's a Warren Beatty vanity project (what isn't, these days?) but it's got a certain style. It captures the feel and look of the comic strip. Plus, it's frigging beautiful.
Yes, a goodly number of the cast is under heavy makeup, including Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Dustin Hoffman and William Forsythe. But they all capture the look of the Tracy villains, Flattop, Lips Manliss, Mumbles, Big Boy Caprice. The sets are exquisite and extremely colorful; it's a filmed comic, and for once, that's a good thing. Everything's loud and vibrant, but not to the point of distraction, and it's not gaudy, either.
The performances could use some work, especially Beatty and Madonna as his lust interest, Breathless Mahoney. She was too busy vamping it up to act, and he was too busy trying to be stoic.
But on the whole, Dick Tracy's actually a nice little diversion for the family some afternoon.Plus, you can see Charlie Korsmo before he got up and sang along with Paradise City in Can't Hardly Wait.