Dick Tracy is a film that's so close to being great, but never quite gets there. There is so much that I love about the film on a technical level. I love the strict 7 color palate Beatty used. I love that the camera never moves. I love the plethora of matte paintings, the practical effects and the makeup taken right out of the comics. Danny Elfman's score is fantastic, if a bit too similar to Batman's. I love the action, when there is some, and I love the incredible cast. But for all it's technical accomplishments, it's so uneven and oftentimes dull. There's too much going on, what with the inclusion of "the kid", Tracy's love triangle between Tess and Breathless Mahoney, and his never ending battle to bring Big Boy Caprice down, it gets overly complicated and loses focus. I wish there was no kid, and that it was a more action oriented and less love triangle, because the action, when it is there, is spectacularly done by Warren Beatty. I revisit this once a year and am always amazed by how incredible it looks. For that, it earns high rewatchability for me.
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