Tom Hanks Month #2: Catch Me If You Can, Big

Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can is a true story film based on Frank Abagnale Jr.’s book. Frank is employed as a lawyer, co-pilot, and doctor before his 21st birthday. He is a doggy con who makes million dollars but still manages to escape the FBI dragnet. The character is too smart for the FBI to deal with. The film directed by Spielberg; with a remarkable reputation in the industry is not in vain. The director assembles a team of professionals in the entire production process: written by Jeff Nathanson, directed by Steven Spielberg, and acted by Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. The director is renowned for creating flair in light-hearten story lines and this film gives the perfect opportunity to demonstrate just that.

This film does not receive much accolade than it ought to. I personally feel that the director did well in piecing up an excellent story line to create excitement. Leonardo and Hanks collaborated well as co-actors even though Hanks actions get the nod above Leonardo. Spielberg is a witty director because he finds the best collaborating actors, good scriptwriter, and excellent cinematography.

Spielberg has directed other films but this has to be among his best creations. It is entertaining and invokes emotional feeling of the audience. The brilliant and stimulating performances are executed through witty dialogues.

I find it hard to categorize this film as drama or comedy. It is not as comical as most comedies are and at the same time, lacks the seriousness of a drama. This adds another milestone achieved by Spielberg in the film; the sophistication of film-making not so common in other film productions.


Director Penny Marshall created this film in 1988 and stars stars Tom Hanks and Elizabeth Perkins as the main actor and actress respectively. It brings out the prowess of Marshall in film directorship backed by scriptwriters Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg. This is a comical film featuring Tom Hanks (Josh Baskin) who is caught in the thoughts of being ‘big’ when 12 years old. Next morning Josh wakes up to the realization that adulthood is not a walk in the park; but, a compromise unlike his childhood perception.

At a tender age, it is always every child’s dream to be the cream of the society. Penny Marshall’s ideas are inspired by this reality. In the movie, the director does well to let the audience learn that life can turn against our wishes. More films will still be done to subject the young minds to the realities of adulthood. This film in my opinion did well to educate on the same 27 years ago.

Big is not a stage-managed comical film. Acts that are more comical occur in the golden childhood age of 12. This films reminds me of the things I used to do at the same stage in life. At the stage, best friends did not disappoint and wealth creation was never the drive of life. Perkins adds enthusiasm to the comical flair in the film by bringing love and affection in adulthood. The director manages to maintain comics in the love story as Josh uses his childhood charms to entice Susan Lawrence (Perkins).

This film gives me some food for thought as an adult. Regardless of the joys of life, there comes a time when I have to go home to see my family. This is a breakaway moment as two issues come at loggerheads. Is it time to leave my comfort zones and make a sacrifice to go back to my family? I find this film enticing for both adults and children.


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