Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer/s: Steven Spielberg, Tony Kushner
Starring: Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Gabriel LaBelle, Keeley Karsten, Julia Butters, and more.
Here’s a movie that I knew would be special from the get go. When I first saw the trailer for “The Fabelmans” in theaters, Spielberg’s magic poured out in full force even for only a two minute trailer. I can’t explain it but it even brought a tear to my eye. I couldn’t wait to get my eyes on Spielberg’s passion project, “The Fabelmans.”
“Growing up in a post-World War II era Arizona, young Sammy Fabelman aspires to become a filmmaker as he reaches adolescence, but soon discovers a shattering family secret and explores how the power of films can help him see the truth.
You really could feel Spielberg pour out everything he had for “The Fabelmans.” For anyone that may not know, “The Fabelmans” is a movie family based off of Spielberg’s own family and life. So essentially this is a coming-of-age biographical movie of himself. So let’s piece together the equation here. Steven Spielberg, whom we love… plus a coming-of-age movie about Steven Spielberg, that guy we love… plus a movie about the love of movies and making movies, which audiences love. What do we get? A movie that a lot of us are going to love. It’s basic mathematics.
Mathematically proven equations aside. This story was surely pieced together in master fashion. On a quick glance, a 2 hour and 31 minute movie on Spielberg’s life seems like it could be a bit of a drag but man did this movie glide on by during my watch. This is probably much to the credit of being written by masters of their craft, Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner.
I’d be dumb to not mention this cast. Surely I can immediately call out the titans of this movie in Michelle Williams and Paul Dano who were fantastic, but the standouts go to much smaller names.
Leading the charge is Gabriel LaBelle as Sammy Fabelman. I hope this young man has an incredible career ahead of him because he rocked here. He’s got charisma, the presence, and just everything.
A shock to the system comes from supporting actor Seth Rogen as Bennie Loewy! Man, I loved Seth! His screen time is limited but man when he had to put in a performance, it was a memorable one and had long lasting effects to the story.
Next up with our young stars are Keeley Karsten and Julia Butters as the sisters to Sammy, Natalie and Reggie Fabelman. Rockstar performances and they really bring the dramatic moments to life when some family turmoil kicks in… Also, I will scream this into existence until it becomes completely true… JULIA BUTTERS IS THE FUTURE! She is so damn good in everything and it continues here. I’m always in awe of her performances.
“The Fabelmans” lives up to my every expectation. Steven Spielberg has worked his entire life to put this movie together. It’s a love letter to film-making, his life and childhood, his parents, his family, and ultimately to cinema as a whole. Don’t be surprised if Spielberg plays spoiler at the Oscars, but awards aside, “The Fabelmans” is going to stand the test of time.
Edited by Abby McNatt
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