“Spielberg” Is a Wonderful Treat for Film-Buffs
Directors don’t usually become a household name, especially to the masses, at least in the present day. However, the “elite” (and now legendary) directors from the 60s-90s is a different story. The likes of Scorsese, Lucas, Coppola and De Palma are among some of those who changed the way of movies forever. But it was Steven Spielberg who took audiences breathes away with his memorable characters and stories that most everyone can relate to.
Spielberg showcases the life and work of director Steven Spielberg in an autobiographical way. Spielberg walks you through his personal and professional career and the vast majority of his iconic feature films. An elite list of talent chimes in throughout the documentary, including Daniel Day-Lewis, Leanardo Dicaprio, and Tom Hanks, just to name a few.
Spielberg is a documentary with little to say during it’s extreme two and a half hour time. Now, that’s not to say this isn’t a treat for fans of the legendary director, it is. I just could’ve used more of Spielberg the man, as opposed to clips of what comes off as bonus features from his “greatest hits” Blu-ray.
This is a very “paint-by-numbers” documentary, moving chronologically throughout the popular director’s career. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however, I found my interest dwindling towards the halfway point. When Spielberg truly shines, it’s when we see the director at his most vulnerable.
The internal fear the director faces, when he was at his younger stages of his career, had me captivated. Most notably, the makings of Jaws, The Color Purple and Schindler’s List were standouts. How he wanted to dive into more serious territory, while still being taken seriously as a director was a fascinating look into the psyche of the master himself.
The implementation of Spielberg’s father and son themes, especially throughout his earlier career, added some more contextuality to his films such as Saving Private Ryan and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, just to name a few. Spielberg’s father, Arnold, is also interviewed which brought the film to a much needed emotional center. The bond between the both of them is what kept my interest in this all too familiar story being told.
Spielberg is sure to make movie lovers delighted, as even at it’s most generic moments, there is a strong sense of appreciation towards the infamous director. This doesn’t break any new ground such as last year’s mesmerizing De-Palma, but nonetheless, it’s a reminder that one of the best film directors of all time, is still making classics to this day.