Catch Me If You Can
Reviewed by David Kashimba
Photo by Andrew Cooper (Dreamworks)

Catch Me If You Can is one of the most entertaining movies to come out this holiday season. It even has a bit of a Christmas theme since the entire film covers several years of Christmases, sounding the poignant lonely note which clangs in the hearts of more people than you think at this time of year. The story is about Frank Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) a conman who makes millions cashing fake checks and the FBI agent trying to catch him, Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks).

While the hide-and-seek cat-and-mouse game played by Abagnale and Hanratty makes a delicious combination of comedy and suspense, the real story is about two lonely guys at opposite ends of the law whose true satisfaction in life comes from chase and evasion. If they were a man and a woman, you would soon realize that they were bound to fall in love and at some point get married. But a strange sort of friendship does develop between the two men, giving yet another uplifting twist to the end of this holiday drama.

Based on a true story, DiCaprio and Hanks seem made for their quirky roles in Catch Me If You Can. We laugh at them, but at the same time their character flaws add to their humanity leading the audience to route for both to win their quest. In the end, they both do win in a way you’d never expect.

Added to the fun are a few cameo appearances by popular stars like Martin Sheen (West Wing) and Jennifer Garner (Alias). Also the very versatile Christopher Walker plays Abagnale’s father.

The film is straightforward and easy to follow and while there are no special effects or deep hidden meanings, DiCaprio and Hanks bring a lot of depth to the characters they play, drawing the audience in to a very entertaining drama.

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