Yeah, as you've probably guessed this is a true story because I'm pretty sure no one can make up one like that, ever! Welcome to the life of Frank Abagnale Jr., son of a once prosperous merchant who runs away from home unable to take in the news of his parents' divorce and flies as a copilot with Pan Am, works as a pediatrician in Georgia and practices law in Louisiana! Minting money as he does by forging checks, Frank jumps countries evading arrest and escaping prisons with FBI agent Carl Hanratty hot on his trail.
To top that we have some amazing performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks in the lead roles along with Spielberg's masterstroke in his direction. From ages 13 to 26, DiCaprio is nothing short of perfect. Even the real Abagnale loved his performance and that’s saying something! And the fact that this story of a fraud is based on a real one only makes it more awesome.
"An honest man has nothing to fear. I'll try my best to be fearless." Frank runs around being a professional pain-in-the-ass all before he turned 19! The beauty of this story is, it’s just one brilliant teenager against the governments of the world and you can’t help liking the criminal here. Of course some parts are visibly exaggerated but they are fair in their own way as in Frank’s own words, the book was slightly an exaggeration of his life and the film an exaggeration of the book.
Not a marvel of western cinema, I agree but this 140 minute film is worth every moment you spend on it. A wonderful story with many themes and personally one of my favourite films!