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The Fabelmans (2022)

Directed by:
Steven Spielberg
COUNTRY
USA

GENRE
Coming-of-age drama

NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Fabelmans

RUNNING TIME
151 minutes

Produced by:
Kristie Macosko Kriger
Steven Spielberg
Tony Kushner

Written by:
Steven Spielberg
Tony Kushner


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Samuel "Sammy" Fabelman Gabriel LaBelle
Mitzi Schildkraut-Fabelman Michelle Williams
Burt Fabelman Paul Dano
Bennie Loewy Seth Rogen
Regina "Reggie" Fabelman Julia Butters -
Boris Podgorny Judd Hirsch
Hadassah Fabelman Jeannie Berlin
Tina Schildkraut Robin Bartlett -
Natalie Fabelman Keeley Karsten -

Lisa Fabelman

Sophia Kopera -
Logan Hall Sam Rechner
Chad Thomas Oakes Fegley

 

Review

Steven Spielberg revisits his youth and how he came to fall in love with the movies in The Fabelmans, his most personal picture to date. It's a beautiful, nostalgic piece full of gratitude and homages a love letter to his family and the times he obviously feels lucky to have grown up in and been a part of. Like most of Spielberg's latter work, The Fabelmans is innocuous, but that doesn't mean it's painless. Through his alter ego Sam Fabelman, Spielberg pokes into his parents' character flaws and his own insecurities and perceived shortcomings (literally speaking), and it's all very relatable and told with a warmth and sleight of hand that most certainly will suck you in and transport you effectively back to the 1960s. A fine coming-of-age film made stronger by the filmmaker's honesty and firsthand experience; the film is reportedly autobiographical down to almost every detail. Superb performances by the three leads augment the drama, even if Seth Rogen is slightly out of place and depth as the Fabelman's family friend Bennie.

Copyright 08.02.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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