The Fabelmans – Review

From director Steven Spielberg comes his most personal story TheFabelmans, Steven Spielberg’s latest, an autobiographical coming-of-age story combined with a love letter to the movies and winner of the Golden Globe Award – Best Motion Picture – Drama.

Steven Spielberg’s talent is making films that audiences love, His autobiographical book The Fabelmans is undeniably remarkable.  this fictional depiction of his youth and adolescence is nonetheless one of his most demanding and emotionally sincere pictures. It is one of the most honest and emotional movies infused with familial love.

Spielberg is well known for telling tales of dysfunctional families, but the storyline of this one isn’t being driven by an alien or a UFO. Instead, it draws on Spielberg’s skill as a master storyteller, allowing us to follow Sammy, the Spielberg, as he navigates his parents’ divorce and his career as a filmmaker. The Fabelmans is quite accurately true because Spielberg has shared a significant portion of that narrative in interviews throughout the years.

Sammy is taken to the movies by Burt (Paul Dano), a computer engineer with a practical mindset, and Mitzi (Michelle Williams), a creative mom, on a cold night in 1952. The experience of watching Cecil B. DeMille’s The Greatest Show on Earth as a young Steven was astounded, terrified, and had a life-changing experience.

Spielberg has inherited traits from both parents as seen by the technical precision of his films, even when they are filled with magical elements. The family travels with Burt’s job from New Jersey to Arizona to California, with Sammy (played as an adolescent by Gabriel LaBelle) and his three sisters along for the ride, but the movie focuses on Mitzi, her emotional journey, and her passion. Williams portrays a suburban mom who could have made a living as a pianist while capturing all of her enthusiasm and underlying despair. She is adored by everyone around her but is also the ultimate disruption to the family, with her blonde pixie hair, lacquered red nails, and Peter Pan collars – the period details are rich and accurate, and she seems to be equally reckless and full of life.

Burt is meek and quiet next to his flamboyant wife, and the role is much less flashy. But (Dano’s) beautifully subtle performance captures Burt’s profound decency. Dano also lets us glean that as the marriage begins to crumble, despite Burt being aware of the marital situation prefers to live in denial.

LaBelle is sensitive and expressive, clearly letting us know how Sammy is feeling. Spielberg injects humor by showcasing the amateur movies Sammy creates and by using his sisters and friends in a Western called Gunsmog. Additionally, during a family camping vacation, Mitzi dances in the headlights of the automobile while wearing an embroidered translucent dress, captivating Burt and Bennie while humiliating one of her daughters, Reggie (Julia Butters). In a shocking moment of realization, Sammy discovers a fact hidden in the home movie that reveals the shortcomings of his beloved mother.

Art will break your heart out, warns Mitzi’s Uncle Boris (a scenery-chewing Judd Hirsch) when he pays a visit. The camera remains on Williams’ face when Mitzi realizes her kid has discovered her secret. The sequence is tense, heartbreaking, and touching.

Michelle Williams playing Mitzi and Paul Dano as Burt played the most convincing and realistic performances I’ve witnessed this year.

Sammy’s realization that his mother and Burt’s closest friend, Bennie (Seth Rogen), have an uncomfortable level of intimacy which causes his parent’s marriage to break down. Sammy gets a more honest view of his parents in general and this relationship in particular through creating home movies and gains fresh insights throughout The Fabelmans thanks to his skill with the camera, but they are sometimes disturbing revelations that force him further into his editing room to avoid them. Spielberg’s storytelling is full of wit and passion, but it also exhibits a heartbreaking self-awareness. Spielberg explores the strengths and drawbacks of such a perspective by concentrating on a little kid who places a camera between himself and the outside world.


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