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Awesome: 5.77%
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Total Crap: 23.08%

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Dick Tracy
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by Roo

"Crap! Crap, crap, crap, CRAP! CRAAAAAAAP!"
1 stars

As a long-time Dick Tracy fan, I'm probably the wrong person to write this review....

Sure, Dick Tracy was a comic strip, and it had cartooney villains and a square-jawed, cartooney hero. Still, it was a hardcore, hard-boiled detective strip, based on the sort of thing you'd read in a Raymond Chandler novel. I was hoping to see something on the order of _The Big Sleep_--add a few wrist-radios and other fun gimmicks, and overdo the classic film noir style to give it a bit of a comic edge, but that's how I would have done Dick Tracy.

Instead, we get something that tried to be animated, but wasn't. _Who Framed Roger Rabbit_, without the 'toons, and with a weaker plot. When you've got a weaker plot than a half-animated feature, then you're doing something WRONG. Stop. Go back to drawing board. Burn drawing board. Leave film industry, never to return.

Style points aside, it sucked. The story was lame, the ending was contrived, and Madonna was unnecessary.

One more thing about this movie that happens to also be a pet peeve of mine: the great thing about comic books and comic strips (something that could easily be carried over to comic-based film franchises) is that the villians rarely die. Even if they do, you've got this whole rogue's gallery to choose from, and you know that there's more adventure around the corner. That's part of the appeal.

Instead, the hacks who put together _Dick Tracy_ decide to introduce every single villian that's ever graced the Sunday funnies, and kill them all off, most of them in insipid, bit-part-type ways. In Hollywood, it seems, the villians have to die at the end, or the audience (the same audience that eagerly awaits the Sunday paper to see how Tracy gets out of this week's pickle) won't feel a proper sense of closure.


And did Hollywood learn from this ridiculous waste of time? Nope, they decided to follow the same model in the Batman movies. Introduce villian, kill villian. Introduce so many villians that only die-hard fans will know them from one another, kill all of them.

The saddest thing about this movie is that Warren Beatty was perfect for the role. Hell, most of the actors/actresses were perfect for their roles. It might have made a nice serial, but it was too much to cram into one film.

Bleah. Don't waste your money. Go rent an old Bogart movie. Save yerself the trouble.

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User Comments

9/14/17 morris campbell nice 2 look at boring as hell 1 stars
5/26/13 Philip It bothers me that there aren't any memorable set-pieces in this film. 3 stars
1/10/10 Chad Dillon Cooper Hollywood Hostess twinkie BS cash in on Batman. 2 stars
4/13/09 Dane Youssef Beatty not only brings the strip to the screen. He puts us inside the strip. Just glorious. 5 stars
12/22/08 the dork knight Loud and annoying 3 stars
12/12/07 Big_E i thought it was pretty good not the best but good 4 stars
7/14/07 David Cohen Even my kids thought it was boring 2 stars
5/11/06 jonathon lebo its fun to watch thats the point for those who dont like it 4 stars
8/27/05 Samantha No redeeming qualities. 1 stars
6/03/04 Monster W. Kung Unwatchable, pathetic. 1 stars
11/29/03 john it never comes together but the design is remarkable 4 stars
4/06/03 Jack Sommersby Cold, slow, totally lacking in freshness and spontaneity. Only supporting perfs are good. 2 stars
3/02/03 ME A GOOD MOVIE 4 stars
10/16/02 Charles Tatum Madonna kills all the energy in every scene she pollutes 3 stars
8/13/02 1983 colorful, stylish fun. Pacino hams it up: Madonna is distractingly stiff. 4 stars
7/12/02 KMG Overblown, overhyped, overly early 90s piece of yellow shit 1 stars
10/15/01 Andrew Carden Excellent Setting Is Ruined By Bad Scripts. 3 stars
9/03/01 Butterbean Something for kids. It's pretty cool! 4 stars
8/29/01 Gary Madonna earns this film its only star. 1 stars
8/08/01 Mr. Hat Al Pacino is funny, but the rest is kinda messed up. 3 stars
8/02/01 KC Au Why was Madonna cast in this?!So many talent actors doing such poor work.Very disppointing 2 stars
4/25/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) Eh, it's okay. The villains are cool, Beatty is good, and Madonna is at worst inoffensive. 3 stars
3/28/01 Jesse L It might have had a chance at cult status if directed by Ed Wood 1 stars
11/14/00 The EVIL Penguin Lovely to look at 4 stars
4/27/00 Matt B. Wild One of the best movies ever made. 5 stars
12/18/99 Kim Pretty good. Madonna is suberb as Breathless and Beatty gives a subtle performance. 4 stars
2/12/99 mandy Madonna's scene-stealing is the best part. 5 stars
11/12/98 Lord Of The Dunce Worth seeing just for the awesomely made-up villains. A shame Madonna had to scene-steal. 4 stars
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