Excerpt: It begins with Frank Sr. (a great, low-key Christopher Walken) losing a fight with the IRS, which means he’s losing the family’s home, car, status, and eventually his wife. Frank Jr.’s first caper sets the stage: On his first day of public school, one thing leads to another and Frank Jr. ends up impersonating a substitute teacher for more than a week. As his family disintegrates, teenaged (!) Frank Jr.
Excerpt: Frank Abangale Jr. forged his first check at age 16 out of a checkbook given to him by his father. Most teens in the ’60s would have been enamored with $25 in their pocket. Abangale had a different idea. He wanted millions, almost obsessively. Sly and sneaky, he worked his way onto airplanes as a co-pilot. He didn’t want to fly but merely take advantage of the banking system that relied on postal services to send checks cross-country.
Conclusion: Catch Me If You Can demonstrates the power of Steven Spielberg. Without aliens or dinosaurs or history, he is able to captivate purely and efficiently with story and characters. Admittedly, this film benefits from a tremendously compelling foundation and a first-class cast, but Spielberg's practically flawless execution puts it on an entirely different level of enjoyment and art than a lesser filmmaker could.
Conclusion: Told in an amusing, whimsical, and playful manner, 'Catch Me If You Can' is a wonderful dramedy encompassing a variety of poignant themes. Directed by Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a child con artist creating a fiction for himself to escape a heartbreaking reality, with Tom Hanks as the FBI Agent pursuing him while also dealing with issues of his own.
Excerpt: Steven Spielberg had a pretty active year in 2002. After coming off his big special effects collaboration with Tom Cruise in Minority Report , Spielberg took a different turn for a lighter movie in the inspired by a true story genre. When I had first seen it, I liked it but as I noticed the second time viewing this film on the big screen, it was a case where the second time played better than the first time around. The film was Catch Me If You Can . Frank Abagnale Jr.
Conclusion: Catch Me If You Can is a beautifully crafted film, a high quality character study, and a good old fashioned entertainer. It's brilliantly acted and magically fun, a whimsically absorbing tale of classic cat-and-mouse done to perfection like only Steven Spielberg can accomplish. It faultlessly recreates its era and vividly paints its characters both inside and out, filling the narrative with the sort of personal character studies that enhance an already startlingly good...
Excerpt: For all his technical wizardry, what always made Steven Spielberg such a successful director was the human element. When E.T. phoned home, we loved him not because he was some marvel of special effects technology, but because Spielberg honed in on what made that character so indomitably human. Recently, the master has faltered.