I was once told that it takes all kinds of people to make the world go round, and I didn’t really understand what that meant until I reached high school. I have often wondered how my life would be different if I pursued different interests. What if I was an athlete instead of on the newspaper staff? What if I was in cheerleading instead of show choir? In Catch Me If You Can, a boy not much older than myself asks how his life would be different if he was a pilot, a doctor, or a lawyer, and he likes the answers.
Catch Me If You Can tells the true story of Frank W. Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio, Gangs of New York), a juvenile con-artist who passed himself off as a co-pilot, pediatrician, and assistant prosecutor all before he turned twenty-one. During this time, he cashed millions of dollars worth of fraudulent checks. Meanwhile, FBI agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks, Road to Perdition) is on his trail. Hanratty finally catches up to and arrests Abagnale in France. Later, a deal is made that if Abagnale shares his knowledge and experience with the FBI’s Check Fraud Division, he can spend the rest of his term out of jail in Hanratty’s custody.
The post-Christmas season is usually packed with the releases of great films. Finally, a movie that qualifies for the prefix “great” has come. Hanks was great. DiCaprio was great. Director Stephen Spielberg (do I really need to put a list?…Minority Report) was great. Catch Me If You Can is the best movie I have seen since Signs (which is now out on DVD- YES!). Catch Me If You Can is an incredibly fun film that caught my attention and didn’t lose it from the opening to the closing credits.
The cinematography was awesome and gave a fun story a fun image. The plot was wonderful, I couldn’t believe that it was true. I felt sorry for Abagnale the whole time. His heart was in the right place, but in the end, I knew he had to pay for his crimes.
My mom kept getting Leonardo DiCaprio mixed up with Matt Damon (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron), but this was definitely a DiCaprio role. I am not a fan of his, but I must say he was perfect. Tom Hanks was awesome behind those big, dorky glasses. He had this accent that about made me laugh out loud the first time he opened his mouth. Overall, Catch Me If You Can is a wonderful film that takes viewers on a fun-filled ride that they’ll want to go on over and over again.
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