Catch Me If You Can

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You can usually count on Steven Spielberg (Schindler’s List) to deliver, and he does. This movie is a pretty good account of Frank Abagnale Jr., who takes being an impostor and forger to a whole new level. Leaving his house at an early age, he pretends to be be school teachers, airline pilots and doctors, and of course gets the hefty pay checks! Although he really never saw his father again, Chrispopher Walken (Pulp Fiction) plays Frank Sr and is a good sounding board for Frank Jr., played by Leonardo DiCaprio. (Titanic, The Aviator) After years of running from the FBI, Carl Hanratty played by Tom Hanks (Best Actor Philadelphia, Forrest Gump) finally rescues him from a French prison to take him back to the United States, just to be incarcerated there. Hanratty seeing his talents eventually recruits him to serve out his sentence helping the FBI as an adviser. 

Leonardo DiCaprio gives a very good performance showing love for his father, and the rest of his family as he is on the run. Christopher Walken was very good, but to me he seems to play the same character over and over again. Nice performances from those who had smaller parts, Amy Adams (Doubt) and Martin Sheen (The Departed).

I imagine most have seen this film, but if you haven’t, take the time to watch this one. It is a very well acted well crafted film, from the opening cut paper look title sequences to the soundtrack. The is great cinema storytelling!

Doubt

Doubt

Finally watched Doubt again since the last time I saw it was in the theatres. I thought it was very good, very well acted movie back then, and I enjoyed it a bit more this time around. Originally I thought the last three Meryl Streep’s character really came too far out of character. The second viewing I read some things into that final scene that I didn’t think of before. Other than that, I thought it was a real incredible movie.

 

Meryl Streep gives an Oscar worthy performance. In my view, she was just as good or better than Kate Winslet in The Reader. And Philip Seymour Hoffman (Best Actor for Capote) had it not been the year for Heath Ledger in the Dark Knight, probably would have won a supporting Oscar for himself. The final scene with Hoffman and Streep are what movies are all about, and this scene is worth the price of admission (or DVD) alone! Amy Adams also gives a particular good performance,and Viola Davis has a very powerful 8 minutes…..and both deserving of Oscar nominations.

 

I don’t want to give to much away for those who have not seen it, but would love to hear feedback on everyone’s thoughts. Guilty, not guilty, what were the doubts? This movie is worth seeing for sure, and even seeing more than once. Very compelling and thought provoking.