Catch Me If You Can

Movie Reviews | Dec 25th, 2002

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Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Nathalie Baye, Frank John Hughes
Written By: Jeff Nathanson
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

Awesome year for Spielberg. He made two great films, this and Minority Report. I actually tolerated Leonardo this time, and Tom Hanks always rocks. This was a fun movie to watch. The premise of the film is basically based on the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr.(played by Leonardo DiCaprio), a successful con artist who managed to pass himself off as several identities and a FBI agent, Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks), hot on his trail.

Likes/ Dislikes: I love cat and mouse type movies. It’s entertaining and fun to watch. The scenes where Frank Abagnale Jr. is coning his way through things was great to watch, especially his first con at school. I wish I could pull that off. I liked how some things just went his way and he didn’t really have to do that much. Besides being interested in Leonardo’s character, I was interested in Tom Hank’s character and what he was thinking, and how he was going to catch him. I didn’t really have any problems with the movie, maybe Hank’s accent in some scenes but he did a good job with it, and maybe the ending was a little slow. That’s about it, small minor flaws.

Acting/ Direction/ Effects: The acting was top notch. Leonardo was actually tolerable, and wasn’t annoying. He convinced the audience he was that young, or a doctor, lawyer, whatever. Tom Hanks was good, his Boston accent was over the top sometimes but hey, you ever meet someone from Boston with that accent? haha. Joking of course. I thought he was going to start saying “I paaakked the caaa, at haaaavaaadd laaww.” It was nice to see Frank John Hughes get more roles since Band Of Brothers because he’s a great actor. He was awesome in BOB (SSgt. William ‘Wild BIll’ Guarnere), and he’s good in this for the time that he gets as Hank’s sidekick. Christopher Walken played Frank Abagnale Sr and did it well. Though when I’m watching him speak, I just keep thinking back to Jay Mohr doing his impression of him. “I Noticed, you’re dog..didn’t have a tail..” Steven Spielberg did an excellent job directing the film. There’s one scene I loved when Hanks was in a house down in New Orleans, and a dollar bill flies out from under the door. And you see Tom Hanks slightly turning his head to the money. I thought that was a well done shot. I didn’t really notice too much SFX in this film. I guess that’s good.

Conclusion: This was a fun movie to watch, with some excellent acting and directing. Possible Oscar nominations could be given out to Hanks, Spielberg and DiCaprio.

Favorite Scenes: High school scene, airport scene, doctor scene.
Running Time: 0 minutes
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