elliott’s review published on Letterboxd:
It’s really no surprise that I loved The Fabelmans. I’m an aspiring filmmaker, having been enthralled by the medium of film for much of my life, and it’s really interesting to see just how much Sam Fabelman’s attraction to the art form parallels my own, not to mention that I’m also Jewish and an Eagle Scout. But my connections to Sam aren’t the only reason I was so touched by Spielberg’s latest.
Probably the part that stuck out most to me were the performances, and the direction along with them. (side note - Gabriel LaBelle when are you free please find me I’m having a second queer awakening) Every performance across the board was stellar, and played a huge part in the world-building. With such a large cast of characters, it’s impressive how well-realized they are, and each plays a critical role in the story. I don’t want to say too much, since I encourage everyone to see it for yourself in a theater!
I really hope Spielberg gets a Best Director nomination from this, he deserves it. I love this director and the childlike awe he brought to the silver screen, and felt very well catered to here. Young artists out there - the road may be arduous and daunting, but following your passion will be worth it! Filmmaking is my passion, and like Sam, I’m ready to crawl into the lion’s mouth.