25 April 2024

The Fabelmans (2022)

Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical masterwork The Fabelmans was nominated for seven Oscars last year and won 30 awards, including Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director. 

The film follows young Sammy Fabelman (Gabriel LaBelle from The Predator and American Gigolo, in a Critics Choice Award-winning role) as he grows up in post-World War II-era Arizona and falls in love with filmmaking.

Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea, My Week with Marilyn) and Judd Hirsch (Ordinary People, Independence Day) were up for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor Oscars for their roles as Sammy’s artistic mother, Mitzi, and her uncle Boris respectively. The cast also includes the likes of Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, and even four-time Oscar-nominated director David Lynch as four-time Oscar-winning director John Ford.

The film has a 92% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the consensus says, “Part memoir, part ode to the power of the movies, The Fabelmans finds Steven Spielberg digging at the family roots that helped make him a beloved filmmaker – and proves he hasn’t lost his magic touch.”

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