Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Amy Adams,
I have to admire DiCaprio and the role he chooses to play. He first started with the dull Critters 3, but then he starred in This Boys life with De Niro showing from a young age that he was going to be a good actor. With roles in films like What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Basketball Diaries, and the less known Marvin’s Room he was taking challenging roles. After starring in Titanic in 1997 his fame rose and just like Winslet, DiCaprio chose roles that were different from Jack Dawson, as good as he was in that film. He could have gone to the romantic genre films and continue to earn success, but he chose roles that were challenging and different. The Beach was a good physiological thriller and I loved the Man in the Iron Mask. His first step into “the big leagues” was in this film working with Spielberg and Tom Hanks.
The story is incredibly is based on the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr. He ran away from home at the age of 17 and started to impersonate different professions and falsifying checks to survive. Carl Hanratty is the F.B.I agent that has to catch Frank.
The film is a fun ride into the crazy ideas of Frank and how he can fool everyone into believing that he is a pilot, a lawyer, and a doctor. While cashing checks as if he was on the payroll. I’m sure a lot of the movie was either exaggerated or added but still is amazing what Frank did and how in the end he found work in the F.B.I and use his talent for good.
This is a film where Leonardo showed to me that he could carry a film with pure performance. I loved him in past films but this performance for me carried him to the league of the Pacino’s. To me, he is this generation’s best actor. Tom Hanks provides a great antagonist for Frank and delivers a fun performance. Both Hanks and DiCaprio are great together.
I revisited this film today and was amazed at how the 2:30 passed and I did not realize it. I had seen it before but I was dragged once again to Frank’s world and enjoyed seeing Hanks and DiCaprio chase each other.