HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 06: Steven Spielberg attends the 2022 AFI Fest - "The Fabelmans" Closing Night Gala Premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 06, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/NewsMagic)
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Even While Filming, Steven Spielberg Didn't Have Much Faith In Hook
In 1991, Steven Spielberg had entered middle age and was still trying to segue from escapist entertainment that had made him one of the most successful filmmakers of all time to dramas with loftier intentions. It worked at first, but then he took on "Hook," which was the worst film he'd made up to that point in his career — and one he laments to this day.
 "I still don't like that movie," he said of “Hook,” adding, "I'm hoping someday I'll see it again and perhaps like some of it." It's refreshing to see a filmmaker of Spielberg's stature own a catastrophic misstep — but he can safely do so because, two years later, he righted the ship with the 1993 combo of "Jurassic Park" and "Schindler's List."
"I didn't have confidence in the script," Speilberg admitted, adding, "I had confidence in the first act, and I had confidence in the epilogue. I didn't have confidence in the body of it." Thankfully, the last 20 years of Spielberg's career were unprecedented, as he stopped trying to shape the culture and responded to it instead.