With a career that began in the late 1960s, "The Fabelmans" is a celebration of the most outstanding director working today. Steven Spielberg's semi-autobiographical coming-of-age film details his childhood by focusing on his relationship with his family, his aspirations for becoming a filmmaker, and his school struggles. Spielberg crafts a beautiful story about how he was able to make movies to make people happy while also bringing his family together through good times and bad times. Newcomer Gabriel LaBelle delivered a fantastic breakthrough performance as Sammy Fabelman, who was based on Steven Spielberg when he was a child. Michelle Williams and Paul Dano portray Sammy's parents, and both actors deliver outstanding performances, with Williams being an absolute scene stealer in this movie. Williams portrays Sammy's mother as an encouraging and sympathetic woman while also dealing with personal demons due to her son's obsession with making movies. Michelle Williams gives one of the best performances of her career. Seth Rogen presents an excellent performance as a friend to Sammy's father, who also serves as a personal uncle to Sammy. Judd Hirsch appears as Sammy's great uncle, and while his screen time is brief, Hirsch gives an excellent performance that dramatically impacts our main character and how he will grow into the filmmaker we know he will become. "The Fabelmans" is not only one of the best films of the year, but this movie, along with "West Side Story," which came out the previous year, deserves to be up there as one of the best films Steven Spielberg ever directed. Gabriel LaBelle, Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, and Judd Hirsch also give stunning performances. "The Fabelmans" is Spielberg's most personal and heartwarming film to date, thanks to his masterful director. In addition, the incredible screenplay by Tony Kushner and Spielberg is a love letter to everyone who is a fan of Spielberg and the history of cinema itself.
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