Went to see Spielberg’s latest flick, Catch Me If You Can, tonight. It’s the story of Frank Abagnale, one of the most notorious con artists ever. Between the ages of 16 and 21, Abagnale wrote $2.5 million in phony checks, while posing as an airline pilot, a doctor, a college professor, and a lawyer. But, as the subject of this sorta biography notes, it is not without its embellishments.
As a movie, it was pretty fun and entertaining, if a tad too long. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Abagnale in his usual, charming fashion. Nothing too special. Tom Hanks, as the FBI agent on his trail, Carl Hanratty, is also solid. The film contrasts the high-living Abagnale with the hard-working Hanratty to great effect. And Christopher Walken is brilliant as Abagnale, Sr. He might even be up for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for this.
All-in-all, Spielberg takes a movie without a lot of action or suspense and gives us a nice evening out. Worse things can happen to you. Like driving home afterward and switching on Disco Saturday Night on the radio… *shudder*