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Movie Rec: Catch Me If You Can

This is the true story about a teenager, who fooled the FBI for years before he was finally captured. During that time, he developed a relationship to the leading investigator of the case.

What intrigues me about this movie every time I watch it is Leonardo DiCaprio's portrayal of fraud expert Frank Abagnale Jr. who, despite his genius and cunning, essentially stays a lost little boy throughout the movie. You never get the feeling that he does what he does because he wants to fool anyone or because he wants to do any damage. In fact, he seems to see it as the only way to obtain happiness for himself and his parents (mainly his father) and a game with Tom Hanks' character Carl Hanratty as his opponent. Frank doesn't seem to be able to fully grasp what he's doing and it's interesting how fast Carl adapts to that mindeset and develops an almost fatherly relationship with Frank.

This movie is one of my favourites for its humour, storytelling and acting. It doesn't try to blow a true story out of proportions, but instead presents it as it really could have happened (with a few smaller liberties taken, I assume). Plus: I always enjoy true stories!

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koloagirl
Jan. 20th, 2014 02:33 am (UTC)
One of my favorite films!
jolinarjackson
Jan. 20th, 2014 10:28 am (UTC)
I love it!
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