Dick Tracy (1990)

Rewatching for my The Complete Pacino list.

Well hello Shouty Al!

I probably should have realised, but I hadn’t expected my quest to find the ‘shouty caricature of later years’ to bear its first fruit here – with Al playing a shouty caricature.

Big Boy Caprice is a pantomime villain who allows Pacino’s  inner scenery-chewer to finally explode – and because of the comic book style of this film, it fits perfectly. In fact, his coaching of the dancing girls is one of the best scenes in the movie.

I love the bright colour palette, and the mix of graphic backgrounds and live action, and the array of actors assembled to over-play the customary gangster roles is impressive, although I did find most of the grotesque prosthetics difficult to look at – but that’s just me.

Madonna, however, is terrible when she’s not singing.

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