Film Review – The Fabelmans

The Fabelmans (M)

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Gabriele LaBelle

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Review by: Julian Wright

Directing legend Steven Spielberg finally tells his own life story – a bitter-sweet and heartbreaking story of love for film and parental betrayal.

Young Sammy discovers a love/obsession for film when his parents Mitzi (Michelle Williams) and Burt (Paul Dano) take him to the cinema.

Throughout the years, as the family acquire filming equipment, Sammy’s (Gabriel LaBelle) passion and skill grows as he films his family and friends.

But one day, while editing holiday footage, he uncovers a special relationship between his mum and family friend Benny (Seth Rogen), which brings his picture perfect world crashing down.

Told with precision and delicacy, The Fabelmans is a beautifully realised story about family, film and the power of the moving image.

Spielberg continues to cement himself as one of the best as he uses his camera imaginatively, yet subtly, to capture his impeccable cast, of which Dano and Williams are stand outs.

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