Movie Review: Catch Me If You Can

Catch me If You Can – A movie of my favorite actor

This movie is a treat because it has two of my favorite actors in it, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. It’s one of those movies that I can watch over and over again and I will never get tired. It really showcased Leo’s talent as a versatile actor. I consider this one of Steven Spielberg’s best, too bad it was not nominated in the Oscars. Leo could’ve won.

I bet most of us have already seen this, but anyway, for those that didn’t.. It’s a true story about Frank W. Abagnale Jr., a con man who made millions of dollars from forged checks, and pretended to be a pilot, doctor, and a lawyer. He did all of these before his 19th birthday. The character’s story is so fascinating, as to how he even managed to do all these, and he’s not even at a legal age yet. Leonardo’s performance is so believable, I couldn’t think of any other who can play the role. Leonardo DiCaprio IS Frank Abagnale, Jr.

It also has a stellar cast. Tom Hanks as FBI agent Hanratty, is his usual best, Christopher Walken had great chemistry with Leo, and Amy Adams, fits the role of the nerdy Brenda, whom Frank falls in love with, ironically. Steven Spielberg, as we all know, almost never disappoints, but what I love about it is it’s different from the usual epic and full-of-special-effects Spielberg movies.

The movie doesn’t drag at all, as the character’s story is very interesting. It is highly engaging and fun to watch. I realized how gullible people in the 70’s were, that they are easily fooled by Frank because if he lived in this generation he wouldn’t have been able to do so. I also like the 70’s atmosphere here, that costumes, the songs take me back to the glorious era. The opening credits were great, it was an animation of Frank’s different personas, a lengthy one, but fascinating enough.

It’s been 12 years since I’ve seen this in a theater with my friends, and I never get tired of rewatching it. You can call it a popcorn movie, but it’s more than that. It doesn’t dwell much on the seriousness of the crime, instead Spielberg made it fun and entertaining to watch. Not that the movie tolerates it, as Frank also suffered the consequences but bounced back as a check fraud specialist. It’s one of Leonardo’s best roles ever, and Spielberg’s finest classic non-epic film yet.

10 out of 10 stars

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