‘The Fable Men’ Movie Review: Steven Spielberg’s Beauty Down Memory Lane

A still from 'The Fable Men'

A still from ‘The Fable Men’ Photo credit: Universal Pictures

Alan Moore, the brains behind all these inspiredly delicious comic books, spoke out quite strongly against nostalgia in an interview, saying, “The fascination with simpler times, simpler realities… can often be a precursor to fascism. ” And it’s Moore and the pitfalls of nostalgia that I’m thinking about as I watch Steven Spielberg’s beautifully mounted, semi-autobiographical film. The Fable Men.

In the film, we see Mitzi (Michelle Williams) and Burt (Paul Dano) Fableman take their young son, Sammy (Mateo Zorian-Francis-DeFord) to see his first film in 1952, and at first glance There is love. After filming a toy train set accident for Hanukkah, Sammy joins her sisters, Reggie (Julia Butters), Natalie (Kelly Karsten) and Lisa (Sofia Kopera), family friends, on the path to becoming filmmakers. Is. Benny (Seth Rogen), and his schoolmates.

The Fable Men

Director: Steven Spielberg

The cast: Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Gabrielle LaBelle, Judd Hirsch

Run time: 151 minutes

The story line: The coming-of-age story of an American teenager who dreams of making films after his family breaks up.

Mitzi, a pianist, encourages Sammy while Bert, a rising star in the computer industry, is a little more cautious about his son’s hobby. The film follows the Fabelmans as they move to Arizona and eventually California, due to Britt’s lucrative job offers from RCA and IBM.

Spielberg had apparently been planning to make a film about his childhood since 1999, but held off for the longest time out of concern about offending his parents, Leah Adler and Arnold Spielberg. The director of some of the biggest blockbusters of all time says the film ponders the question, “When does a young person in a family begin to see their parents as human beings?” This is a universal theme and regardless of where, when and who you are, it is something that everyone has to follow. And so the young boy, whose head and heart are full of passion for movies, transforms from Sammy to Sam (Gabriel LaBelle).

While slightly longer at two and a half hours, The Fable Men From the acting (Williams, Dano and LaBelle stand out in an all-around great cast) and music (John Williams) to the editing (Michael Kahn, Sarah Brosher) and cinematography (Janos Kaminski), it’s interesting for consistency in every department. . John Williams, Kahn and Kaminsky are all longtime Spielberg associates, as is Tony Kushner, who worked with Spielberg on the script.

Speaking of acting, mention must be made of Judd Hirsch in the small but important role of Uncle Boris who tells Sammy that one’s passion comes at a price. “Family, art,” he says, “it will tear you in two.” The Fable Men It has received seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Score, Actress and Supporting Actor. While critics have hailed the shot of Sammy watching his first film play out in the palm of his hand, there are others like the abandoned supermarket trolleys that rattle the mind free as the fury of the storm. are ringing

A still from 'The Fable Men'

A still from ‘The Fable Men’

It is interesting to trace the origins of many of Spielberg’s famous moments to the Boy Scouts. Indiana Jones To ETBicycles and baskets. Also, does Sammy’s apparent distaste for the beach make sense to circle around Amity Island?

While growing up as a white American filmmaker in the 60s has nothing to do with watching an intrepid archaeologist dodge a skipping stone in a cinema for generations and a world away in Bengaluru, he Celluloid is the bridge that unites us.

And while nostalgia may be longing for a past that probably wasn’t, the horror and joy that many of Spielberg’s films have offered is reason enough to take this beauty down suspiciously sweeping memory lane. Is.

Fable Men is currently playing in theaters.

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