Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Dick Tracy… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
After the huge success of Batman a year earlier, Disney wanted to capture that success with Dick Tracy. Another comic book character that took many attempts to bring to the big screen, Warren Beatty was the one to help finally achieve it. With a huge budget, Beatty brought the comic book to life using a distinctive style with a specific colour palette to the visual design.
The visual effects team helped define the look with the highest number of matte artists working at one time on a feature. The world of Dick Tracy is what many remember about the film along with its fantastic cast. You have the legendary Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Dick Van Dyke and James Caan. Madonna gives a surprisingly good performance considering how bad she usually is when she pops up in movies. Dick Tracy was a big deal in 1990, Disney copied Warner Bros’ advertising strategy as seen with Batman and pushed to the film in every area from musicals to toys. But many felt it wasn’t really for kids – even though they could enjoy it – as it dealt with much more adult themes which we’ll find out in the review.