Welcome to Out of Frame Lite, and here are my thoughts over Catch Me If You Can.
Catch Me If You Can had a lot to live up to as far as my expectations went. I remember whenever my older brother recommended it to me as one of the greatest movies that he had ever seen. Not only that, but critics adored it and I have become a really big fan of Leonardo DiCaprio over the years.
And honestly, I think it might very well have matched at least most of my expectations.
Tom Hanks' performance wasn't anything particularly amazing, however, he was an applicable adversary to DiCaprio's character. He wasn't bad, but I never really connected to his character. He was a lovable buffoon until he suddenly transitioned into a worthy combatant. The feud didn't necessarily captivate me, and so, unlike perhaps maybe The Departed, I don't find the feuding aspect to be one of the strongest parts of the movie. However, DiCaprio seemed extremely comfortable in his role.
Walker also does well in the movie as Frank's father.
There are a lot of movies that I tend to overlook by their cover, and I know that brings a classic quote to mind. I did this with The Aviator, and by the time that I watched it, I absolutely fell in love. This movie is a lot like that, I went into it expecting a comedy, and while there are a lot of funny moments to be the seen, the movie has a lot more in-terms of depth.
Leonardo DiCaprio plays a teenage-boy named Frank that runs away from his family, which includes a cheating mother and shady father. He begins to utilize his wits for tax fraud, stealing millions of dollars from the government. Meanwhile, Tom Hanks plays Carl Hanratty, the FBI agent that is spending all of his time trying to catch Frank.
This movie is based on a true-story, and while I am certain there is probably a lot of inaccuracies and moments that are glamorized for the ordeal, a lot of the events make for particularly strong entertainment. The protagonist feels so confident, calm, and to be frank. (Abagnale)
He makes it look easy.
There is a lot of enjoyment to be had in this movie.
Rating: Very Good