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.
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.
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...
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.
Excerpt: Read an alternative review by Eamonn McCusker (Region 2 DVD) Catch Me If You Can tells the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr, one of the most successful fraudsters and confidence tricksters of all time.
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.
Conclusion: More slow-burning than you'd expect, and all the more breathtaking for it. A fitting dessert to Spielberg's preceeding entree and main course of A.I. and Minority Report, and one hell of a ride.