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.
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.
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: 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.
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...
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.
Excerpt: En charmig historia som har verklighetsbakgrund med Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic, Gangs of New York) och Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Cast Away) i huvudrollerna och regisserad av ingen mindre än Steven Spielberg (Minority Report, Titanic) him self.