You can’t begrudge Steven Spielberg for turning the camera on himself at this point in his career.
The 75-year-old legend behind “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Jaws,” “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” and “Lincoln” has earned the right to be self-indulgent, especially when it involves insights into his creative process.
“The Fabelmans,” loosely based on Spielberg’s formative years, finds him sharing the joys, and pains, of a cinematic life.
The story is as accessible, and wise, as we expect from the Oscar winner, a populist of the first order. It’s a shame some of the storytelling beats prove achingly familiar.
Young Sam Fabelman (Mateo Zoryon Francis-DeFord and, later, Gabrielle LaBelle) becomes obsessed with movies at an early age. Thank “The Greatest Show on Earth,” the 1952 drama that lit the lad’s fire for storytelling.
Or consider Sam’s…