Catch Me If You Can

Balonne Beacon - - LIFE -

Satur­day, gem, 6.30pm, M (2002)

The in­cred­i­ble true story of con man Frank Abag­nale Jr (Leonardo DiCaprio) proves the per­fect sub­ject for Steven Spiel­berg to helm his most light-hearted yet com­pelling film in years. In the early ’60s, 16-year-old Abag­nale flees his home and cre­ates myr­iad false iden­ti­ties (and cheques) to charm and pro­cure mil­lions from those he en­coun­ters. But he doesn’t reckon on the skills of FBI agent Carl Han­ratty (Tom Hanks), who is for­ever on his trail. Spiel­berg’s su­perla­tive story ef­fort­lessly al­ter­nates be­tween ge­nial com­edy and se­ri­ous drama. DiCaprio ex­udes an in­fec­tious self-con­fi­dence, while a low-key Hanks is ter­rific.

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