Catch me if you Can S.E.
When his father, Frank Abagnale Sr. (Christopher Walken), gets into trouble with the IRS, and his mother wants a divorce to start living together with her lover, Frank Jr. (DiCaprio) runs away from home to start his own life with the intention to earn enough money to get his father back up to speed and the hope that that will bring his mother back so they can become the lovely family again they once were.
Frank quickly realises that earning money isn’t easy and thus he starts with a couple of easy cons with false checks. When he realises how simple it is to portray himself as someone else (something he already learnt in school where he once pretended to be the substitute teacher and managed to get away with it for a whole week), he starts to make it his profession. Quickly, Frank Jr. starts making money as hell by portraying to be an airline co-pilot but his false checks start to become noticed and the FBI sends out Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks), their best bloodhound when it comes to fraud. Thus begins a chase between the two which makes Frank Jr. change multiple times of identity (doctor, lawyer, …) and place to live.
When Frank manages to act as a doctor in a hospital, he meets the lovely Brenda to whom he proposes to get married. The only difficulty is her father, district attourney Roger Strong (Martin Sheen), but Frank manages to blend in easily and even gets a job offered after passing the bar exam. When everything is set for the wedding, Carl Hanratty suddenly appears, and Frank needs to leave his beloved to even flee to Europe.
Sound and Vision:
The image quality could have definitely been better with lack of sharpness, not enough red (the colors are deliberately not 60’s but lack intensity, making the movie look too dark). We could also state that there’s way too much grain but Spielbergh’s director of photography, Janusz Kamiski, probably did this intentionally as with all the movies he worked on. Also, the movie has been recut from the original form of 1.85:1 to an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 which of course isn’t something we like to see.
The soundtrack however is good (fortunately). The atmosphere is nicely aided by surround sounds like planes on an airport and good accompanying music.
This is the special edition version so there’s 2 discs to enjoy.No commentary track as Mr. Spielbergh isn’t interested in those, but we do get loads of other stuff :
Frank Abagnale: Between Reality and Fiction shows you the real Frank Abagnale who tells us the story of his life (but the very short 15-minute version that is ;p). The FBI Perspective shows us a former FBI agent who helped make sure that the way the FBI works in the movie is correct to the way the FBI worked in the sixties. Catch Me If You Can: Behind The Camera is the obligatory “Making Of” but Cast Me If You Can: The Casting Of The Film is more interesting as the members of the cast tell about how they got into the production which is quite interesting. Scoring Catch Me If You Can is a short feature about the music of the movie (by John Williams) and Catch Me If You Can: In Closing is hardly worth watching and shows that it might have been better to include a “play all” option where all the separate items could be viewed after each other.
Very entertaining movie from Spielberg with a good but hardly special soundtrack and image quality that should have been better for a production like this. The extras a really worth checking out but it would have been better to have had everything together in only 1 big documentary (but of course that doesn’t look as impressing as lots of different titles on the cover)