The Fabelmans

After the disappointingly bland remake of West Side Story, Spielberg returns to form. Yes, it’s obviously a “late” work in the mold of great craftsmen reflecting on their life and craft, but it has all the classic Spielberg touches: masterly direction, a certain innocence, a genuine love of the craft, and a gift for getting great performances from children of any age. Is it intellectually deep or profound? It isn’t. But unlike many more “serious” auteurs, Spielberg has the signal virtue of not pretending to more depth than he can deliver. Highly watchable and very rewarding. (Paramount+)

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