Catch Me If You Can // Spielberg Season


“Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse, wouldn’t quit. He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out. Gentlemen, as of this moment, I am that second mouse.”

Catch Me If You Can is a film I have meant to have watched for quite some time but have somehow just never got round to it… I am so happy I finally watched it as it is simply brilliant. Quick witted and well-acted, DiCaprio plays a teen con-man Frank Abagnale Jr. who after running from home manages to con millions of dollars worth of cheques through pretending to be a pilot, doctor and a lawyer. Tom Hanks stars opposite DiCaprio as the man working for the FBI to track down this con man making millions through forged cheques. For a film of this length it actually runs surprisingly fast with many funny moments peppered throughout with bright characters and memorable quotes and moments.

This is the kind of film you can always be in the mood to watch, a story tinted with an undertone of sadness with themes of loneliness and loss and ends up uplifting you while you want Frank to get away and be happy in his life and when he meets Brenda (Amy Adams) you tend to think that this’ll be his chance but end up again being crushed byt the story.

The strange and unlikely friendship that is built on throughout the film between Frank and Carl is the most heart-warming and touching thread in the story and really shows Frank as a vulnerable figure as he is still only young and has potential to do good but took the wrong turn wanting to reunite his family.

The epic scale of the plot and the way it is shot looks stunning and gives the audience a real feeling of the escape Frank is trying to make and at the same time keeps you wondering who to trust and what is truth and what is lie as Carl finds the only way to capture the man he’s chased for years is to play him at his own game. DiCaprio really does steal this film and makes the part his own and so much fun to watch, it reminded me of his breakthrough in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and really hits some amazing heights for his career, I can’t think of an appalling film he has starred in but his performance in this is brilliant even by his standards.


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