The Fabelmans, Steven Spielberg's wonderful autobiography on Netfix - Our review

Published by Nathanaël de Sortiraparis, Julie de Sortiraparis · Published on April 26th, 2024 at 02:23 p.m.
For his thirty-sixth feature film, Steven Spielberg delves into his own childhood. Largely autobiographical, The Fabelmans evokes the passion for cinema of a young child in Arizona in the 1950s. The film arrives on Netflix on May 22, 2024.

For the first time, Steven Spielberg tells his own story. After sharing his many passions through his films, the legendary filmmaker recounts his childhood in The Fabelmans. The story of a young child with a passion for cinema in the 1950s, who wants to make his own film. The feature film joins the Netflix catalog on May 22, 2024.

The film's impressive cast includes Paul Dano(The Batman, Prisoners, Okja), Michelle Williams(Venom, The Greastest Showman, Manchester by the sea) and Seth Rogen(Seduce Me If You Can, The Disaster Artist, Our Worst Neighbors). The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, where it caused a sensation. It will certainly be part of the Oscar race in 2023.

Official trailer for The Fabelmans (2022) :

Our opinion on The Fabelmans:

Steven Spielberg's misfires are extremely rare, and The Fabelmans confirms this rule. The master of wonder and spectacle returns with a unique tale of his own origins, and indeed, of his own cinema. As many filmmakers of his generation have done in recent years, this is an autobiographical tale. While Spielberg has spent decades wowing the world with his works(ET the Alien, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Jaws and many others), this time he shows what wows him, and it's something much simpler: the beam of light from a projector aimed at a canvas.

By exploring his own childhood, Steven Spielberg reveals the secrets of his cinema, the reasons behind its strong father and male figures. The young boy takes refuge in the cinema to escape his disintegrating family, the anti-Semitism he suffers at school and his harassment in general. He escapes his life by abandoning himself completely to the cinema, showing that all that matters is the emotion of what happens on screen. When people watch his films, the filmmaker is not filming the screen, but the audience's reactions. From the start of his career, this sense of wonder is all that has mattered to Steven Spielberg, who here signs a work that is both incredibly gentle and incredibly cruel. It's captivating.

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Dates and Opening Time
Starts May 22th, 2024

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