Neil Young’s Film Lounge – Catch Me If You Can

Published on: March 23rd, 2004

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

4/10

USA 2002 : Steven Spielberg : 140mins

Catch Me If You Cans teenage-conman hero Frank Abagnale Jr (Leonardo DiCaprio) barely pauses for breath as he skips around the world cashing forged cheques, passing himself as an airline pilot, attorney and paediatrician with the FBIs Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) in dogged pursuit. Its a terrific story, and all apparently true as its based on Abagnales own autobiography though why such a self-professed conmans word should be taken as bond is a matter for debate. But Jeff Nathansons script is a confusing mess, boiling what should have been an intriguing analysis of power and identity into yet another sugary potboiler about sons searching for fathers searching for sons. And Spielberg can’t help Spielberging it up, turning what should have been a zippy, snazzy flick into a leaden, marathon exercise in hollow Hollywood slickness.

23rd February, 2003
(seen 18th January, UCI MetroCentre, Gateshead)

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by Neil Young