remember reading the book about Frank Abagnale Jr a couple of years ago and
when I heard that it was finally being made as a film, I was very pleased.
Even more so when you looked at who was going to play the main parts. At first
however I was somewhat dubious about the choice to place DiCaprio in the star
role, Tom Hanks is fine in anything he does, no problem there, but Leonardo
DiCaprio as the suave and charming Abagnale? I don't think so! Guess what, I
was very wrong and more than happy to acknowledge that.
degree to which Abagnale fooled the world is astounding and he actually
successfully held down a number of high paying jobs under false pretences,
without actually having to actually carry out any of the occupations to their
fullest extant. School Teaching, Head Doctor, Aeroplane Pilot and even Lawyer!
thing I loved about this movie was the overall feel that you got from the
entire feature. Despite the fact that Abagnale was breaking the law, he is
such a likeable character that you are not inclined to blame him for his sins,
more to the point, you want him to succeed. I think this is from the moral and
social standpoint that he never is seen to rob from an individual person, it's
always a big bank or company of some nature.
Abagnale's nemesis lies in Agent Hanratty played by Tom Hanks. The
relationship between the two men is almost a father and son type deal as
Abagnale ran away from home when forced to make a decision over which parent
he would live with when their divorce went through. Hanratty is a man who has
thrown it all away for his job, including his own family and child. Although
Frank Abagnale is a criminal, he is also a 17 year old child and Hanratty
feels protective toward him as both are now deprived of their nuclear
is actually a huge break from the type of movie that we've seen director
Steven Speilberg create in recent times. To that end, we'd need to look at the
darkness of films such as A.I Artificial Intelligence and his more recent
outgoing with Tom Cruise in Minority Report. Catch Me If You Can is a lovely
breezy feeling movie, almost a feel good movie about cops and robbers. Bearing
in mind that the 60's were a much different world than the one we live in
today, people were a lot more trusting and less suspicious; the perfect world
for Frank Abagnale Jr. to exploit.
Picture quality for this flick is absolutely gorgeous and I can't think of
hardly anything to complain about at all. There is absolutely minute grain
once or twice and that is about it. An excellent transfer in widescreen. This
movie has been brilliant lit and really helps affect the way we do look at the
title. Colours are brilliant throughout and in themselves capture the essence
of the time that the movie is trying to replicate. It's this and a wonderful
score by John Williams (this guy must be welded to Speilberg's hip) that take
you back to another time. In a way I found the soundtrack to be a refreshing
change from Williams standard fair, as good as it may be. This soundtrack was
up tempo and jazzy with some clever use of percussion instruments to punctuate
points. The music is also used to great effect in the animated menus of the
disc. The feature soundtrack was available in both DTS and Dolby, I could not
pick which one sounded better.
funny for a double disc, and especially a Speilberg film, that the extras are
not more numerous on this DVD. The extras contained herein are a series of
interviews and brief behind the scenes footage that certainly let you see what
is going on in the background to the film but not enough. A great collection
of featurettes however and one that did provide me with a lot of information
and entertainment. Comprehensive? Fairly, just not as indepth as I am
used to with Speilberg releases.
Overall I would recommend this flick to everyone. It's a great paced movie
that is an absolute treat to watch. Thumbs up!
Catch Me If You
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