Catch Me if You Can

September 1st, 2003 DVD Reviews, Film, Filmink

The Film

After spending the 70s, 80s and 90s changing the way movies are made and the way audiences respond to them, Steven Spielberg has either been resting on his laurels for the last few years or has lost his touch. When even large sci-fi projects like AI and Minority Report disappoint, don’t expect much from a quirky dramatic comedy about a conman.

The Sight & Sound

If there’s ever a director you expect incredible sight and sound from — flashing spaceships or roaring dinosaurs — its Steven Spielberg. But nothing here will rock your sound system — except maybe the snappy, spy-era jazz title track.

The Extras

One long documentary is divided up into some interesting shorter pieces about the cast, music, making of and research behind the movie (including the input of the real life Frank Abagnale).

Even if the movie didn’t grab you, it’s always great seeing what your favourite stars and moviemakers have to say about their craft. Discussion about set design and costuming make you realise how much detail goes into films that you don’t consciously notice, and it all looks like fun being involved, especially among such Hollywood heavyweights.

The big downside is (another) glaring hole where Steven Spielberg’s commentary should be, but there’s background material aplenty.

The Worth

You’ll still like the disc even if the movie didn’t really impress you — especially if you’re a fan of Spielberg’s Hanks’ or DiCaprio’s

3.5 out of 5


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