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FILM REVIEW: The Fabelmans

Part Cinema Paradiso, Part Boyhood Cast: Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Gabriel LaBelle, Judd Hirsch, Jeannie Berlin, David Lyn...


Part Cinema Paradiso, Part Boyhood

Cast: Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Gabriel LaBelle, Judd Hirsch, Jeannie Berlin, David Lynch, Julia Butters

Rating: 4.5/5

Awaiting release in India

Spielberg is one of those filmmakers who makes a film per year or two years and takes risks with his films. They sometimes turn out to be excellent or some of his worst. That said, the last two years, Spielberg has made some of the decade’s best films that are truly magical like his remake of West Side Story (1961) with the same title and The Fabelmans. These films are truly magical and deserve to be seen in the theatre. While West Side Story was grand in scope, The Fabelmans – somewhat grand as well – is a more intimate story based on Spielberg’s own life.

The Fabelmans follows Sam Fabelman as he tries to follow his dream of filmmaking in between a lot of family drama.

The Fabelmans will strike the right chord in some people while others may find it to be good, but emotionally distant. The film is rich in drama, sometimes even melodrama; it’s part Cinema Paradiso and part Boyhood and it’s almost perfect.

Spielberg is at the top of his game, as he showcases some of his best skills as a filmmaker and a screenwriter, along with near-perfect cinematography from Janusz Kamiński who shoots every scene brilliantly. The performances are excellent with Gabriel LaBelle stealing the show as Sammy Fabelman. He’s supported by Michelle Williams, Paul Dano and Seth Rogen who all are terrific. John Williams’ score brings another layer of emotionality to the scenes wherever needed. An excellent cameo by the great David Lynch is the cherry on the cake.

Don’t miss the chance to watch The Fabelmans in a theatre if it’s playing near you.

 

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