Biographical movies are always a thing that has kept my interest. They are labeled under “Based on a true story” in the filing cabinet. Most of the times these situations might seem like a big fucking stretch… yet they happened, of course with a few modifications so it would fit in movie form. Today we are taking a look at on of those situations where it sounds so unreal that you might think someone jsut had a really wild fantasy… but when you read about it you see that it really was true how unrealistic it might seem.
Ladies and gentlemen… “Catch Me If You Can”.
Like I said this story is too good to be true. It is about Frank Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) who during the 60’s travels around the U.S. “Okay fair enough, what’s the catch?” I hear you asking. And the catch is that Abagnale was a con artist who tricked people to get money and free flying across the country. The funny thing is that he basically stole several million dollars across his journey… and he had not even turned 21 yet. The movie focuses on his journey of conning people and getting rich. You also get to follow the FBI agent (Tom Hanks) who is hot on his tail. You also get to see the close relationship Abagnale has with is father, Frank Abagnale Sr. (Christopher Walken). And yes, this explanation of the story may be vague at best but I found it too interesting to talk too much about. This story is one that is too full of twists, turns and awesome things that should be experienced by the viewer rather than getting it spoiled by me.
The characters in this movie are really interesting. They are very well-written and got some great pieces of dialogue. They never seem either fake or boring, they always work out for the best of the situations. They are also incredibly well-acted. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise since the three most prominent characters are played by three incredible actors (DiCaprio, Hanks, Walken). But in general, all actors did a great job both performing and delivering the clever dialogue that Jeff Nathanson wrote.
The music is an interesting thing. Why? Because it was made by John Williams and all pieces of music by him are interesting in one way or another… DUH! But in all seriousness, the original tracks in this movie are really nice to listen to. They also work for the movie well enough because they are nothing bombastic but rather pretty subtle(ish) and just fits the overall style of the movie (Crime-Drama-Comedy). There are also a bunch of older licensed tracks in the movie that honestly work fantastically to sell the feel of the scenes they are used in. They also help a bit with establishing the time period.
Speaking of establishing the time period, this movie does it perfectly. When a movie is set in a certain time period you have to take into consideration that it has to work in that time period’s favor. You need to make the movie feel like it actually captures the time period it is set in. And this movie does that perfectly with it’s clothing, music, vehicles… everything. And that is actually more difficult than it may seem. But this movie did it perfectly. If you want a recommendation for another movie that captures it’s time period very well I can point you towards 2013’s “American Hustle”… just saying. But back to the movie we were originally talking about! Another aspect that really worked with the movie was the camera work. But that doesn’t surprise me considering this movie was directed by Steven Spielberg who is a master class director. This movie is also surprisingly funny. There were times I was surprised to find a laugh. Not that I’m complaining because I am a big fan of crime-comedies. And I have to say that the comedy in this movie was really fun.
This movie was met with some prety good reception. Hell, even the real Frank Abagnale liked it. But anyway, uhmm… Rotten Tomatoes has a 96% positive score for it and has certified it “Fresh”. On Metacritic it has a 76/100. Roger Ebert seemed to like it as he gave this movie 3/4 stars stating:
“This is not a major Spielberg film, although it is an effortlessly watchable one”.
On imdb.com it has a score of 8,0/10… yet is strangely not on the “Top 250 list”. It was also nominated for 2 Oscars in the categories of Best supporting Actor (Christopher Walken) and best original Score.
This movie got an interesting story, great acting, great music, it is really funny and it is just awesome. So now it is time to hand out my final score. And now… my final score for “Catch Me If You Can” is a 9,71/10 which of course, my friends, grants it the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
“Catch Me If You Can” is now at last reviewed.
My mom kept nagging on me that I had to see it… YOU HAPPY NOW!?