Monday, April 4, 2011

Catch Me if You Can

Steven Speilberg's Catch Me if You Can (2002) is a fantastic movie. It is inspired by the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio), who successfully created and cashed in millions of dollars worth of fraudulent checks. He traveled all over the world and hid by impersonating different respected career types, such as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer. An FBI agent, Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks), tracks, chases and eventually catches the young con artist.

The film is full of humor, suspense, and drama. The atmosphere of the film is vibrant and full of color; bringing the 1960s back to life. The acting is superb by everyone, but DiCaprio and Hanks definitely steal the show. It is interesting to watch the relationship between their two characters gradually develop throughout the movie. If you have not yet seen this film, now would be a good time to do so. It's fun and intriguing!

Catch Me if You Can has now been made into a Broadway-musical. Preview performances started on March 7 in New York and the official opening night is April 10. I'm not sure how this story will translate into a musical, but I love the film and I've heard great things about Abanale's autobiography. Therefore, it may be worth checking out the Broadway version!


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