Review: The Fabelmans is Steven Spielberg's most personal film yet

Hollywood is well and truly gearing up for awards season with the Golden Globes kicking things off next week.

And one of the big contenders going into the Oscars is Steven Spielberg's most personal film yet: The Fabelmans.

Little Sammy Fabelman's mum gives him his very first camera, gifting us a cinematic window into the personal childhood memories of one of the greatest filmmakers in history.

The Fabelmans is of course a Steven Spielberg film - his life in pictures - a film he says is "loosely" based on his early life.

Growing up in Arizona, Sammy aspires to become a filmmaker as the family life he knows and loves ebbs and flows and crumbles he discovers the power of motion pictures and storytelling.

This film is Spielbergian in its every frame and horizon but this film is owned by Michelle Williams in a luminous, layered, career-best Oscar-worthy performance as Mitzy Sammy's irrepressible mother.

Whether E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial or Empire of the Sun, storytelling through the eyes of a child has always been a Spielberg speciality and here telling his own story of his own family it's a love letter to all he holds dear and to cinema and movie-making itself and I just loved it.

Four-and-a-half stars.