The Fabelmans Review: Jurassic Park filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s own story is full of thrills
Starring: Gabrielle LaBelle, Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen
Director: Steven Spielberg
Duration: 152 minutes
Star: Three and a half
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Filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who has given films like Lincoln, The Post, West Side Story, has now made the film The Fablemans inspired by his childhood and adolescence. However, some imaginary things have also been added to it. It depicts how he saw a film for the first time as a child, the impact it had on him and how he fell in love with filmmaking.
In childhood, due to father’s job, he had to come from New Jersey to Arizona and then to California. What kind of taunts he had to listen to for being Jewish, how he was shattered by his parents’ divorce. How filmmaking shaped his life.
Through this film, he takes you to various aspects of life behind the scenes, such as the joys and shenanigans, the passion for art, the complicated parent-child relationship, the ways to find happiness. The film focuses on the conflict between artistic inclination and personal responsibility, as well as the struggle between talent and the secrets of happiness.
Already a multiple award winner, The Fabelmans has been nominated in seven categories at the Oscars, including Best Picture. The film, which is leading the race, has already released in the US. Now coming to the theaters in India on Friday (February 10).
Fell in love with the camera at the age of eight
The story begins with Sammy Fabelman, an eight-year-old boy. Mother Mitzeee (Michelle Williams) and electrical engineer father Bert (Paul Dano) take her to see the movie The Greatest Show on Earth for the first time. The train accident scene in the film has a deep impact on Balman. He asks for a train so that he can recreate the scene.
His wish is fulfilled, but this angers the father. They feel that Sammy does not appreciate nice things. His mother suggests that instead of hitting the train again and again, it is better to shoot it with the camera and watch it again and again. This is where Sammy’s love for the camera begins.
He also involves his sisters in the shoot. And Burt’s best friend, Benny (Seth Rogen), is part of his family. Mitzi believes that everything happens for a reason. She accepts the change of life with this mantra. She is a former concert pianist who has become a homemaker raising her son Sam and three daughters.
Mother’s encouragement got flight to imagination
Burt moves to several cities for his job in order to make a better living. Kishore Sammy (Gabriel Labelle) does the editing himself after filming. In that work where mother encourages him. Whereas, the father wants him to make real things.
Sammy learns of Mitzi and Benny’s relationship during filming. How does he deal with it? The Fablemans ends before Spielberg directs Joan Crawford in an episode of Night Gallery at age 19, but replaces it with a thrilling moment.
It shows Spielberg meeting his hero John Ford (David Lynch) briefly, who takes almost as long to light a cigar as he does to talk to his visitor.
It is not possible to cover all aspects of life in a story of two hours. However, Spielberg and his co-writer Tony Kushner went into depth on the story. The focus of the story is on Sammy. Kushner has worked with Spielberg on ‘Munich’, ‘Lincoln’, and ‘West Side Story’.
Sammy’s ingenuity in shooting the war scenes in the film with the limited resources was astonishing. The cinematography of the film beautifully captures the era and the surroundings. The Fabelmans explores what it means to dedicate a life to pursuing your passion. Surely there is more to Spielberg’s personal story.
Author: Sangeeta Verma
Occupation: Indian film critic and reviewer
Education: Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, Masters in Mass Communication
Career: Sangeeta Verma started her career as a freelance writer and film critic and continuing it.