Growing up in 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.
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"I've seen a lot of people gush over this movie, so I was very excited to finally get to see it. I have to say, I'm a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it's a good movie and I was entirely entertained. But it's not great, in my humble opinion. Maybe I expected too much. When you amass a stable of truly GREAT movies under your belt, as Steven Spielberg undoubtedly has, a "semi-biographical" film that is so personal and on a much smaller scale than his previous projects just falls a little short in comparison. But still, it is a GOOD movie, and probably the right time in his career to tell this story. A solid 7.5/10."
"“Movies are dreams, doll, that you never forget.” If your reading this review and you haven’t seen The Fabelmans your doing yourself a complete disservice to be missing out on such a phenomenal film. Your also missing out on one of the best films of last year . This is the story of the great Steven Spielberg and his childhood to early adulthood . Show casing how he first feel in love with film making and his family dynamic. This is a very personal story and Spielberg and his team tell it the best way possible. Can’t nobody tell his story better than he can. This isn’t like most of his films it’s very intimate in my opinion. A powerful story on a smaller scale. Although director Steven Spielberg has called The Fabelmans "semi-autobiographical," aside from the name changes, the film is more historically accurate than many biopics. It’s said that he avoided labeling it “based on a true story” because he didn’t want to promote it as a movie about him, which I find to be very interesting. There is even a scene where the dialogue is word for word from a real meeting he had with John Ford. That alone tells you how close it follows his actual life. It’s a funny heartfelt film I think any moviegoer will like and respect."
"This movie is another addition to the recent roster of films that are trying to conjure up the nostalgia of old Hollywood. Where others have failed, The Fablemans actually succeeds in telling a grounded but still engaging story. It holds no big surprises and could probably be a bit shorter but I was pleasantly surprised by its nuanced and sometimes messy relationships. Giving it a solid 7 of 10."
"A profoundly moving tribute by Steven Spielberg to his parents and a love letter to movies (with a hilarious ending (and final shot) to boot). Oscar-worthy direction paired with stellar performances across the board (especially Michelle Williams). My personal favorite of the year so far. Deserves any recognition that comes its way."
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