The first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical drama The Fabelmans has launched. Dare I say it but it looks like it has some of that classic Spielberg magic that has been missing of late.

The story is set in post World War 2 Arizona and tells the story of young Sammy Fabelman, who discovers a shattering family secret and explores how the power of films can help us see the truth about each other and ourselves.

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The Fabelmans will explore many real-life elements from Spielberg’s past including the well-publicised and difficult divorce of his parents. Something that became a bit of a theme and focal point for many of Steven’s movies.

It stars Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Gabriel LaBelle and Seth Rogen (urgh). Spielberg co-wrote with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner.

Long time collaborator John Williams is providing the music, so I presume this is his penultimate movie score having announced his retirement after Indiana Jones 5. To me, Spielberg is the greatest director of all time. Like Williams, he has helped create many childhood memories for millions growing up in the late 70s and 80s.

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I know some of his most recent movies haven’t quite lived up to expectations, but the man gave us Jaws, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, E.T and one of my all time favourites, Close Encounters. I sure the hell am looking forward to The Fabelmans.

US audiences will be able to see this from 23 November, while the UK will have to wait until 27 January. Yeah, good decision Hollywood – ahoy there mateys!

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