Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Amy Adams, Martin Sheen
Some movies you see once and carry for life, and even find youself compelled to revisit. Others, while perfectly—even solidly—entertaining for one sitting, often have so little staying power that, until someone or something calls them to mind, you don’t even remember they exist. I once referred to such films as “four-star forgettables.” For me, one such film is Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can (2002)—a movie I saw before it came out in one of those special press screenings that studios set up during awards season. I haven’t really given the movie any further thought since that time. Attempting to watch it again for its upcoming screening by the Hendersonville Film Society, I now understand why: I only made it about an hour into the movie. It’s the sort of film that simply has no resonance or replay value for me. The film came back to me pretty clearly on this second look, and I felt I’d gotten everything I ever would out of it. It’s slick and professional in the extreme, and the cast is a definite plus. But once you know the story of super con man—really con kid—Frank Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio), who managed to bamboozle a surprising number of people into believing he was a professional of some note in three different careers, there’s not that much there to reexamine. Confirmed fans of Spielberg will doubtlessly disagree. For a more detailed assessment of the film go to http://www.mountainx.com/movies/review/catchmeifyoucan.php
The Hendersonville Film Society will show Catch Me If You Can at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 1, in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.
In Brief: Steven Spielberg’s return to the type of film for which he is most prized by the public—following two less popular, more adventurous films—is an agreeable, if somewhat overlong and not particularly memorable “true” story about a high schooler who managed to pass himself off as an airline pilot, a doctor and a lawyer. A good cast helps.