Still, this would probably bring the whole film down, and sometimes it's fun just to enjoy a bit of escapism without being told off for desiring such things. Frank begins conning as an act of determined rebellion against the old order. In the midst of Frank's great capers, which con honest people out of millions of dollars, we get scenes of Frank having often torturous discussions with his father, whose fortunes decline as Frank's rise. The interaction between these two characters was great, it was interesting to see a budding relationship slowly build between two characters who were actually positioned against one another. It is a bit of a depart from his usual full-blown and hugely epic pictures, yet this does not detract at all from the fascinating story of Frank Abagnale Jr.
There's a through-line with Goodfellas here, with both films justifying their protagonists' illegal lifestyles on the grounds that living a legitimate life causes more trouble and unnecessary effort. In the end, Spielberg was the right person to direct this film. John Williams' score is playful and upbeat but with a whistful undercurrent, bringing to mind the iconic theme music for the Pink Panther series. It has many of the elements which have characterised his best work: light-hearted adventure, a celebration of American values, a son searching for his father and a dry, often joyous sense of humour. From the opening credits design we get in the mood of this very entertaining film. The portion of the film devoted to this at the end still seems to skim over the fact that this man has stolen millions of dollars.
However, the film is rife with moral ambiguity. Spielberg would sneak onto the studios and tell people that he worked there. Carl Hanratty Christopher Walken :. The story is inspired by a real story. I'll be rooting for him at Oscar time.
While it's not Spielberg's best film by any stretch, it is a good example of how good he can be when he just decides to have fun. A work to rip your heart out. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. Well, that smile was interrupted by laughs. A successful con artist and master of deception, Frank is also a brilliant forger, whose skill at check fraud has netted him millions of dollars in stolen funds--much to the chagrin of the authorities. While there is an awful lot of pleasure to be mined from just following the chase, there are moments in the film when we are conscious of Spielberg substituting depth for something less enticing. It ends on a high note for Frank Abagnale Jr.
Also, the real Frank Abagnale jr. Although it is important to remember as with any such film that this is only 'inspired' by a true story and not told word for word from one, the plot is fascinating and keeps you laughing, crying and wondering until the end. Overall, this is a fun film and really enjoyable. After his father and mother get a divorce he runs away and starts pretending to be a co-pilot, a doctor, a lawyer. Of course, the DiCaprio magnetism dominates the action with the many ironic twists and the miraculous and narrow escapes he pulls with an aplomb that's bewildering to the Feds, who are on his tail all the time.
DiCaprio working in a vehicle that shows his talent as Frank Abagnale, a man of many faces. Spielberg has found a perfect actor to fill the shoes of the con man with the perfect casting of Leonardo DiCaprio. Synopsis New Rochelle, the 1960s. Chris Walken steals the film as the father, not so perfect, flawed to the nth degree and yet loving. Great cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen and Amy Adams. The whole setting and atmosphere of the film gave it a wonderful and almost I hesitate to use the word 'magical' sense. Had this section been trimmed, the film might not have needed the end cards explaning Abagnale's actions after reforming.
The sign of a great film star. While it's ultimately as light-headed as it is light-hearted, it does get to grips with some of the deeper issues with Frank's lifestyle as well as serving up much in the way of thrills and spills. Having been a teenager in the early- and mid-1960s, Spielberg clearly has a firm understanding of the fashions, manners and institutions of the period. It is your own responsibility to adhere to these terms. The first big success of Spielberg's film is putting us in the period. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son.
The movie tells the story of Frank W. I am not a big fan of Leonardo DiCaprio who plays Frank but in this movie he is perfect. There's no issue at all with Frank seeing his father on a regular basis, but the fact that he keeps running into Carl on Christmas Eve is so contrived that even Frank Capra wouldn't touch it. Hanks is the stepdad, uncomfortable in his role and yet trying the best he can, and DiCaprio is the gifted child somehow left behind, wondering how it is that he got that way. The opening credits are quintessentially 1960s, with animated versions of the characters dancing out of the way of the various names. In my review of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, I spoke about the misconception that darker films are inherently better or more substantial. If you want a nice funny movie, not too heavy, this one will definitely please you.