Release year: 2016
Director: Matt Ross
Screenwriter: Matt Ross
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks, Charlie Shotwell
Ratings: 1 Oscar nomination: Best Actor (Viggo Mortensen). 1 Golden Globe nomination: Best Actor (Viggo Mortensen). Cannes: Un Certain Regard – Directing Prize.
Commited to passing on their ideals to their children, Ben (Viggo Mortensen) and Leslie (Trin Miller) has raised their six children in a cabin in the mountains of Washintong State, where they ave home schooled them and taught them to survive in nature. When tragedy strikes the happy family, they are forced to enter civilization for a while, causing Ben to question whether or not he is doing the right thing for the children.
Captain Fantastic has been highly praised for its stellar performances, especially from Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2003) who earned an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination from his role as the dad dedicated to teach his kids the values he feels are right. But this charming little gem of a movie is much more than its fantastic performances, amazing as they are, it is also a social criticism of the best kind. The kind that sees both sides in a way that has you, along with the characters, thinking about life values. Watching the family’s life in the forest is pure joy, from starting out with the, for some, trans-boundary of a game kill, it moves on to show the intellectual way Ben teaches his kids to think for themselves. While their journey into civilization certainly has some form of fish-out-of-water elements in it, it also on several occasions shows the children as superior to the kids they meet, having you question who is wrong and who has the right values. Being a comedy that makes you think about and question the values in society and even containing some straight out beautiful moments, Captain Fantastic is a movie that can easily be recommended to everyone.
Writer/director Matt Ross said that experiences with parenting inspired him to make this film.
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