The magic of cinema
However, Spielberg remains true to his narrative methods in this film as well. It’s not about building suspense or unexpected twists, but about creating an entertaining cinematic experience for a wide audience. This time the director doesn’t resort to action sequences or car chases, but instead tries to find meaning in the small moments. While the pivotal twist is a foregone conclusion, Spielberg fills the screen with wonderful ideas he co-created with trusted screenwriter Tony Kushner.
The recurring motifs are light, projection and movement. These three elements sum up the wonder of cinema, but also the personal perception and development of the young Sammy Fabelmann. He has to realize that his parents’ relationship has become a projection screen for him and free himself from his immaturity in order to realize his own dreams and goals.