The Fablemans by Steven Spielberg is up for review this week! Happy Friday, folks!

It is exciting to write about his film, but I don’t know where these feelings stem from.

I been itching to watch The Fablemans for a while, but the theater I usually go to wasn’t showing the film. I ended up finding it at a movie theater close to home. It is a theater I like to avoid, but for the sake of this film, I took the hit. There isn’t anything wrong with the theater, but I went to this theater a lot with my family and friends when I was a teenager/early 20s. It holds a lot of memories. I wouldn’t say good or bad memories, but just memories. Plus, the seats don’t recline!

I sat down in the last row on the top of the uncomfortable chairs. I used to enjoy sitting on the sides of a theater, but I have recently been enjoying sitting in the center. It is a different feeling.

The Fablemans is about family more than any other theme. A family with a mom, dad, two sisters, a brother, grandmas, and an uncle Benny who wasn’t a blood uncle in a country where some places didn’t always agree with their Jewish faith. It was the first time I noticed the word “kike” in a movie, and it caught me off guard.

The movie starts with Sammy, the main character, attending a movie with his parents for the first time when he was a child. It was the film The Greatest Show on Earth. Sammy watches as he sits in between his parents with wide eyes. The theater is beautiful. It was the 1950s, I think, and it was obvious that seeing a film in a theater meant something else back then. The whole scene looked magical. Sammy was hypnotized by the trains crashing in the film and took a personal interest and creating the scene with his trains. And that’s how he became a filmmaker as a young boy. The film shows Sammy growing up and how his filmmaking advanced as he grew.

It showed more than just Sammy’s growth as a person and an artist, though; it showed the family dynamics. Michelle Williams does a fabulous job as Sammy’s mom; in my humble opinion, she steals the show. She has a striking look to her that is mesmerizing. To be honest, I am not a huge Michelle Williams fan, but she has been growing on me for the past couple of years. Her films have showcased her as a completely different actor, which is excellent. Usually, actors are cast as similar characters over and over again. My first experience with Michelle Williams was during her time on Dawson’s Creek as the girl next door who liked to party. Michelle Williams struggles with her demons throughout the film as a mom, wife, artist, and woman. Michelle Williams uses plastic silverware in the film because of her piano fingers. She didn’t want to wash dishes. How different. I’m not too fond of plastic utensils, but I understand their use. The simplicity was great.

A few directors have this magical power in their films. They do a great job with lighting and color. First, Chris Columbus, the director of such films as Home Alone, and next, Mr. Spielberg.

The Fablemans was hypnotizing on its own such as colors, tone, and lighting. The story was there, but the style really helped with the delivery. It made me feel warm inside, which is the best description I can give.

Also, I want to give a special shout-out to Sammy’s great-uncle Boris. He was wonderful to watch.

I wrote down some lines during the film that stayed with me.

“You can’t just love something. You have to take care of them.”

Wow…how well said! What a great line.

“Family, art. It’ll tear you in two.”

“You don’t anyone your life. Not even me.”

I’d also like to add that after the film was over, the credits were rolling. I heard women say, “that was cute,” and my mind was blown. From all the descriptive words…she used, cute…just wow.

How many tomatoes would I throw at this film? I’d say just one. I liked it a lot. Just one tomato because it wasn’t perfect. It doesn’t feel like a movie should be tomato-free.

Happy Holidays. Be safe.



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