First Glance: “The Fabelmans”

After premiering yesterday at the Toronto International Film Festival, Universal has dropped the trailer for Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated new film “The Fabelmans”. First reactions to the movie have called it a bonafide frontrunner for Best Picture at the upcoming Academy Awards. I certainly wouldn’t say that without seeing it, but the trailer itself features a lot of things Academy voters love. And it features a lot of things I love as well.

“The Fabelmans” is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age drama about Spielberg’s childhood that sees the esteemed co-writer/director not only reflecting on his family but showing the birth of his love for filmmaking. The film stars Michelle Williams and Paul Dano as Mitzi and Burt Fabelman, a working couple raising their family in Arizona. Gabriel LaBelle plays their eldest son Sammy, a bright-eyed aspiring filmmaking (guess who his character represents). There’s no denying Spielberg’s personal touch, and his sincerity and warmth oozes from every frame of the trailer. I can’t wait to see this.

“The Fabelmans” hits select theaters November 11th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

17 thoughts on “First Glance: “The Fabelmans”

  1. In general I don’t like children in movies, and even more so in Spielberg movies. So a nostalgic look back at his childhood, just no appeal to me.

    • I’ve been frustrated with some of his handling of children in his movies too. But I really do like the look of this. And I may be wrong, but this actually looks like a child character who may offer something his other characters haven’t. Fingers crossed.

  2. I saw this trailer earlier today and… man, I got a bit emotional in what I was watching. I think this will be the first Spielberg film I will see ever since… that film we refuse to acknowledge involving aliens and monkeys.

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