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Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Director:
Steven Spielberg
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Comedy/
Biography
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Catch Me If You Can
RUNNING TIME
141 minutes
Producer:
Walter F. Parkes
Steven Spielberg
Screenwriter (based on the book by Frank Abagnale, Jr.):
Jeff Nathanson


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Frank Abagnale, Jr. Leonardo DiCaprio
Carl Hanratty Tom Hanks
Frank Abagnale Christopher Walken
Roger Strong Martin Sheen
Paula Abagnale Nathalie Baye
Brenda Strong Amy Adams
Jack Barnes James Brolin
Earl Amdursky Brian Howe
Cheryl Ann Jennifer Garner

 

Review

A fascinating story, directed with a fine balance of comedy and dramatic potency by Steven Spielberg. Through Leonardo DiCaprio's enticing presence, Spielberg gives us his rendition of the life of one of the most infamous American con artists in recent times, Frank Abagnale, Jr, and he does it in a joyful, carefree fashion, venturing on a real charm offensive. Abagnale's life is presented as a roller-coaster ride, the world he lives in as a warm, nave and sadly bygone beehive of smiling people waiting to be tricked. Catch Me If You Can thus functions as 1960s nostalgia and Frank Abagnale worship combined. But it is a remarkably stylish account of nostalgia and worship making this one of the most elegant films Spielberg has directed in a long time. His quirky, humorous tone gives the film the necessary air beneath its wings, and DiCaprio is the perfect protagonist for the atmosphere Spielberg creates. His knack for being charismatic and witty without ever compromising the weight of the character makes Catch Me If You Can a layered and inherently entertaining, if rather gentle film. And what a delight to see Spielberg emancipated from his often dominating morality calling. Tom Hanks is a fine counterweight to DiCaprio's lead, whereas Christopher Walken gives his best performance for quite some time as the father.

Copyright 12.7.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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