Catch Me If You Can (2002)


Frank Abagnale Jnr is a conman who defrauds banks and poses as an airline pilot, a doctor and a lawyer, all the while trying to evade FBI Special Agent Carl Hanratty…

Seen before? No.

Best performance: Leonardo DiCaprio. I can’t buy him playing a 17-year-old, but then again few of the other characters believe he’s that young either.

Best scene/moment/sequence: When Hanratty tracks down Frank in an LA hotel… and Frank brazenly pretends to be a Secret Service agent.

Review: I liked this straight away – the Saul Bass-style titles, John Williams’s jazz score, the playful game-show opening scene. It’s exuberant stuff and it doesn’t let up. There’s also lots of lovely 1960s production design and a very funny James Bond gag. It really struck me how similar this film is to last year’s The Wolf of Wall Street. In both, DiCaprio plays a conman from a humble background who uses charm, smarts and dirty tricks to build himself an exciting, millionaire lifestyle. Catch Me If You Can, however, is far more successful – more vibrant, more dynamic, more fun and more likeable. Of all the #SpielbergWatch movies so far that I hadn’t previously seen, I enjoyed this one the most.

Nine Jennifer Garner cameos out of 10.

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