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No one does populist pap like Steven Spielberg.
I say that in a good way.
"The Fabelmans" carries such rich generational, emotionally driven, '50s era touchstones to entertain and touch us.
Damn, this is a good movie.
This may well be Steven Spielberg's best film.
You couldn't ask for a finer swan song if that turns out to be the case.
Michelle Williams is remarkable in her role as Mitzi Fabelman, a complex mother, wife, artist, musician, dancer, and free thinker.
Seth Rogan has matured nicely, as displayed in his commanding performance in a thankless role that Rogan elevates to something important, inspiring, and real.
Cool man. Nice work.
Which brings us to Gabriel LaBelle, the hotshot rookie actor showing off his stuff with serious feeling, timing, and physicality.
Gabriel LaBelle is the new Dustin Hoffman.
Gabriel LaBelle is Spielberg's not-so-secret asset to this very satisfying movie about movie-making toward different motivations and skills.
I would be remiss to leave out the always wonderful Paul Dano, handling a difficult role with perfect mastery.
Beautifully understated and profound is Dano's rendering.
Steven Spielberg and his ensemble had a lot of fun making this exquisite movie, and it shows in every frame.
"The Fabelmans" is a memoir imagined. It is an important artistic achievement that wears its heart on its cotton sleeve.
At least someone still knows how to tell a story on film.
Cheers to Steven Spielberg for this full-on masterpiece of the seventh art.
Rated PG-13. 151 mins.