Steven Spielberg’s 33rd theatrical solo film (not counting TV movies and The Twilight Zone Movie) “The Fabelmans” was officially released in 2022. (same year Elvis came out) It received critical acclaim from critics and movie goers alike. However, it flopped at the box office. The Fabelmans won two Golden Globes for “Best Director” and “Best Drama.” Steven didn’t win any Oscar. The Daniels’ “Everything Everywhere All at Once” took home “Best Picture.” Anyway, Awards Season is over. It’ll be back in a few months till Fall. Steven and his bestie, George Lucas are executive producers of the highly anticipated “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” with James Mangold (Cop Land 3:10 to Yuma, Logan) taking Steven’s place as director and Harrison Ford portraying Indy one last time. Before the aforementioned fifth installment of “Indiana Jones” comes out in June 30, 2023, I wanna share my thoughts on Steven’s recent film.
This review contains no SPOILERS whatsoever. Feel free to check out my non-spoiler article.
Polished & Rusty Qualities
Polished: Gabriel “Gabe” LaBelle, Paul Dano, Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen & Judd Hirsch all did an excellent job for their respective performances. To prepare for the role as Sammy, Gabe studied Mr. Spielberg’s mannerisms, watched home movies of his family, straighten his hair and dressed like him as a teenager.
Steven Spielberg did an excellent job directing. He also wrote the script with his pal, Tony Kushner. Both guys produced the film. The sole reason he didn’t return to direct Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, is because he wanted to make The Fabelmans. A pet project since 1999.
John Williams orchestrated the soundtrack.
Cinematography was shot carefully. My favorite shot is Mitzi dancing.
Set Pieces and Costume Designs reflect the ’50s-’60s.
Pacing didn’t feel slow or fast for a two-and-a-half-hour film. I wasn’t bored, my eyes were glued to the screen.
The film’s a semi-auto biography about Steven’s early life growing up loving cinema, making home movies, his interactions with his family and how he became one of the biggest influential and highest paid directors in Hollywood.
Humor has suitable moments that didn’t feel over-the-top.
Besides making movies, Sammy and his family go through the ups and downs of their everyday lives.
Primary Themes are Passion, Religion, Art, Technology & Family. Each one’s handled maturely.
David Lynch makes a cameo appearance.
The film’s dedicated to Steven’s parents, Arnold & Leah.
Rusty: I couldn’t nothing wrong. I’m giving Steven and his crew an Extra Point for making a flawless film as possible.
The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!
The Fabelmans is a top-tier film. If you’re a Steven Spielberg fan, it’s a must-watch. I cannot wait for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. I hope it’s not an epic disappointment like “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” I have faith in James Mangold. He did a magnificent job bringing Wolverine’s groove back in 2013-2017.