Steven Spielberg explores virtual worlds, escapism and the problems they create throughout his work. With reference to a number of his best-known films, this in-depth essay explores how and why he does it.
Throughout his work, Steven Spielberg has sought to give kids control. In this post, I look at how he does that by imbuing objects with a sense of wonder and magic that only children can comprehend.
The BFG is an intimate and poetic film about dreams, memory and storytelling. This essay looks at how Spielberg explores all three in his melancholic adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel.
Upon release, Bridge of Spies was described as an idealistic throwback drama. However, there’s much more to the film than that, and this essay explore what the film says about the corruption of American democracy.
Schindler’s List was described as a departure for Spielberg, but in it he maintains many key elements. This essay explores how Spielberg filtered the Holocaust through his personal life to make an important statement.
Growing up, Steven Spielberg suffered from bullying and anti-Semitic abuse, and felt alienated from the world around him as a result. In this essay, I explore how his films discuss loneliness and offer a route out of it.
Steven Spielberg is a keen fan and collector of Norman Rockwell, and has referenced some of the painter’s work in his film. This essay explores those references and what they mean.
During the 80s, Spielberg was seen by critics as an ambassador of patriotic, Reaganite entertainment. However, his film-making has always shown a deep discomfort with American life.
A longtime animation fan, Spielberg finally directed a film in the medium with ‘Tintin’. In this piece, I look at how it allowed him to explore his visual style like never before.
Steven Spielberg has suffered from dyslexia since childhood, but is a keen fan of reading and has adapted many great books. I explore the director’s love of reading in this essay.
Spielberg has returned to a select group of leading men throughout his career. In this piece, I look at how he’s used the personas of Richard Dreyfuss, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise and Harrison Ford in his career.
At the turn of the Millennium, Spielberg released A.I., Minority Report and Catch Me If You Can. This essays explores how they present lost characters who pursue futile dreams.