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THE FABELMANS: Spielbergs Beautiful Love Letter to Film

The Fabelmans, Universal Pictures


There is no question that no matter if you're an avid movie goer, a cinephile, or even a casual movie fan; Steven Spielberg has more than likely had a visual impact on your life. Again and again, film after film; Spielberg captured audiences around the globes attention and awe with his beautiful films. The Fabelmans is a celebration of sorts, one that looks back at a time in the directors life that he clearly found influential to becoming the man he is today. Spielberg once again takes us on a journey like the dozens of times he has before, the only difference this time is that our focal characters are based on him, his family, and the people he knew throughout the years of growing up in Arizona and California.


Spielberg balances the genres of semi autobiographic story telling alongside a coming of age story splendidly. Never did it teeter too much to one type of story, that the other type was forgotten about. The end result of his work being some of his most beautiful work, something that left me feeling warm and fuzzy, but also in admiration of the paths that needed to be foraged to get him where he's going. We dive straight into the directors shoes and understand the weight of emotions he was going through not just as someone with a passion for film, but as a teenager growing up in a house with such polar opposite parents. The appreciation to see how he used film as an escape and a way to express the weight of these emotions that he had buried.


The story is written, directed, and acted with so much love. You can tell the characters are based on people that had their own impacts on Spielbergs life, because even though he's never afraid to show a characters flaw; it's always handled with so much love and respect. As if to show that he understood why they did the things that they did despite hurting him, and even though they did those things he still loved them. It radiated throughout the screenplay and was projected perfectly on the screen.


The actors all do their job splendidly, and there's a few that I'll definitely highlight. Gabriel LaBelle is going to be a star, the young lead took the pressure of playing the fictionalized Spielberg-esque character Sammy Fabelman and brought him to life in such a strong way. You can feel every emotion he goes through perfectly, and there was never a moment that I lost that belief in him as the character. Michelle Williams and Paul Dano as the polar opposite parents were phenomenal, she was the fire to his earth- where she radiated artistic energy and this beautiful level of carefree-mness as an individual. Dano would match and counter her energy perfectly, by being the grounded level headed and thinking of the future adult- always able to sturdy the ship whenever Williams' characters carefreeness kicked into overdrive. Seth Rogen also fits the duos energy perfectly, and his character uncle Benny is the perfect example of a morally grey character whose positive impacts on our leads future still outweigh any negative. He's not a perfect person, but he genuinely loves Sammy and his sisters and wants to see them succeed, and Rogen translates it perfectly. Lastly, Chloe East as Sammy's girlfriend- the energy she brought into the role was amazing. Her and LaBelle worked off each other so well, and never did she feel out of place. She worked perfectly with the mix of biography meets coming of age story perfectly, never coming off cartoonish.


The Fabelmans is a beautiful journey, one that celebrates quite arguably the greatest director of all time, as well as life, love, and the pursuit of what you love. In this case it's film, for others they'll be able to relate to the pursuit of passion for whatever their love is. It kept me in awe with the love it was crafted with, and finished off perfectly with one of the most beautiful and captivating final-shots I've seen all year.

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