whoís torn between whether the death penalty is worse than life
imprisonment should see Catch Me If You Can. Sitting through this thing
should resolve that dilemma conclusively.
Death is merciful compared with monotony.
Spielberg lost it? He apparently directed this; at least thatís what the
credits say. Itís hard to believe that the guy who directed
fast-moving films like Jaws and the Indiana Jones series and Duel also
directed this ponderous paceless piece. Catch Me If You Can might have
been a good 80-minute movie. However
this story, loosely based on Ď60s era teenage poseur Frank Abagnale,
Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio),
runs an interminable 2 hours and 20 minutes.
One thinks one is in for life.
Itís not just slow, itís sloooooooooooow.
about wasted talent! If Tom Hanks is truly one of the great actors of our time, a
dubious premise at best, then this is a deplorable dissipation of that
talent. Hanksí role in
this film, as an FBI agent (Carl Hanratty) chasing Abagnale, is one
dimensional, and could have been adequately handled by a fairly
competent character actor (although, in truth, one doesnít come
swimmingly to mind). In
fact, while Iím on it, if Hanksí role really is star quality, Clark
Gable or Spencer Tracy or Russell Crowe would have added something to
it. Hanks disappears in
this turgid script by Jeff Nathanson.
youíre looking for a cure for insomnia, avoid this if you can.