The Fabelmans (2023)

#3. The Fablemans

"Though his films and hallmarks are full of wonder, imagination and spectacle, Spielberg has never shied away from his greatest hallmark, candor.  And in his greatest works, he uses it as a North Star;  guiding the heart of the film and the heart of story to it's greatest heights imaginable."

8 1/2 gave us a look into the surreal:  the mind of a maestro, in Frederico Fellini.

The Fabelmans give us a look into the real world:  the life of a maestro, in Stephen Spielberg.

Though his films and hallmarks are full of wonder, imagination and spectacle, Spielberg has never shied away from his greatest hallmark, candor.  And in his greatest works, he uses it as a North Star;  guiding the heart of the film and the heart of story to it's greatest heights imaginable.

And yet, he does the same with his own story.  A story that paints his family and his parents not as heroes or foils, but as ordinary, flawed individuals.  Old souls who lived their lives as best they knew how.  As people who ultimately tried their best.

I know of few narrative artists that aim to tell their life story in such a complete way, and even fewer that succeed in their honesty and vulnerability.

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