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Despite family turmoil culminating in a divorce, a budding young filmmaker emerges by the name of Sammy Fabelman.

As a child, Sammy Fabelman had to be persuaded by his parents to go to the movies and then spent his teenage years trying to convince his father that being a filmmaker was not a hobby but a career. in the midst of this, his mother fell in love with his father’s best friend, leading to a divorce that affects him deeply.

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There’s a fable quality to the movie like Steven Spielberg offers a revisionist look at his teenage years marked by an obsession with becoming a filmmaker and the legal separation from his parents. No doubt that michelle williams earn an Oscar nomination as the eccentric matriarch who serves as a warning not to follow your passions; however, in truth, the true deserving role belongs to Judd Hirsch as the larger-than-life and feared uncle, as he actually feels genuinely serious about his performance.

Seeing the imaginative short films created by Sammy is where The Fabelmans shows a spark of life, while the camera rolling when he finds out where his mother’s true affections lie is too theatrical. For those familiar with Spielberg’s personal story, this will be an interesting journey into how the legendary Hollywood director developed a passion for filmmaking. However, just like Barry Levinson with his semi-autobiography heights of freedom, which is enjoyable at first will not hold up to repeated viewings. This is a lighthearted contribution that won’t take away from a storied work but won’t advance the legend either.

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Trevor Hogg is a freelance video editor and writer currently residing in Canada. he can be found on LinkedIn.

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