How fully I recommend this film: 10/10
For years, my favorite film about film has been The Purple Rose of Cairo, written and directed by Woody Allen. No contest.
Now, however, another film about film has tied it: The Fabelmans, directed and co-written by Steven Spielberg.
What a film!
It’s a realistic coming-of-age story that focuses on Sammy Fabelman as he grows into himself as a person and filmmaker.
We follow Sammy as he navigates his complicated but loving family, his out-of-the-ordinary passion for film and the arts, his family’s moves to different cities, bullying, antisemitism, romantic love, vocational love, the transformative power of film, and more.
The story is completely original, which I found to be oh so refreshing.
It has some great comedy, too. The opening sequence is very funny. But the praying-to-Jesus scene? I won’t spoil it, but I was crying tears of laughter. Brilliant and hilarious.
I highly recommend watching The Fabelmans! Grateful to all who were involved in its creation. Beautiful movie.