Fire up your radio watch, because Dick Tracy is the Greatest Movie EVER!
Click on the Bluray cover or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Katherin the Great.
Review in a Nutshell: Top notch special effects make-up and innovative production design can’t salvage a film whose narrative is muddled and murky and whose tone varies wildly from scene to scene. Disney’s answer to Batman (1989), Dick Tracy is more interesting as a cultural artifact than as pleasant viewing experience.
The Rocketeer was based on a comic by the late Dave Stevens from the 1980s that was made as a call back to certain old serials (Radar Men on the Moon, Commando Cody). Dick Tracy was a short subject that occasionally ran in the old “Archie’s” Cartoons so those of us who grew up in the 70s and 80s had a passing familiarity with the character. Then there’s “The Great Piggy Bank Robbery” made in the character’s heyday which features Daffy Duck imagining himself as “Duck Tracy” (and has the trademark weird Villains all over the place). An interesting comparison is comparing Beatty as Tracy (if there is suspicion that “You’re so vain” was written about you, square-jawed hero isn’t in your wheelhouse) to Dan Ackroyd doing Joe Friday’s nephew in “Dragnet” (Ackroyd is MUCH weirder than Friday, but he buries himself in the role and plays it dead straight).