The film was directed by Steven Spielberg and brings with it a considerable cast comprised of Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, alongside Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Amy Adams, and Nathalie Baye in supporting roles.
I had high expectations for Catch Me If You Can, who wouldn’t, given the names involved. Likewise, too, I had found myself in a real ‘Leonardo DiCaprio’ kick in recent years, with the actor consistently wowing me in his various roles. By the end, I believed it lived up to my most reasonable standards. Tom Hanks may not have blown me away in his performance, serving more as simply a satiable “reactor” to DiCaprio’s far more interesting shenanigans. Hanks was more or less tasked with playing the straight man / verging on buffoonery. Similar to The Departed (another DiCaprio film) or, maybe, Fury, the film follows dual rivals, however, the feud itself doesn’t necessarily captivate me in the same way either of those films did.
Although I wouldn’t consider the film as a crown jewel in either actor’s filmography, it is supremely watchable in its execution. This is a film that goes down smooth and easy with little lulls happening in-between, benefiting by the story itself and the easygoing approach helmed by director Steven Spielberg.