Captain Fantastic

January 14, 2017 - Comment

Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings series) stars in the New York Times Critics’ Pick, Captain Fantastic, about an unconventional man who raises his six children in the forest of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society. When he is forced to bring his family out of seclusion and into the world, this leads to

Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings series) stars in the New York Times Critics’ Pick, Captain Fantastic, about an unconventional man who raises his six children in the forest of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society. When he is forced to bring his family out of seclusion and into the world, this leads to a confrontation with his father-in-law (Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon), who wants his grandchildren to have a normal life. Now Ben must question if his methods are the best for his family. Rolling Stones raves, “Viggo Mortensen is magnificent. A career best work.”

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Bowen says:

Uplifting film about what it means to grow up I’ve read rather cynical comments on imdb.com of the sort that attempt to trivialize and dismiss this film as some sort of contrived hybrid of Little Miss Sunshine x Into The Wild. But those comments just tell me that some people aren’t able to see beyond the surface of things. Superficially, yes, the movie does feature a bus, some woods, and a carcass, but its themes are substantially different. I will say, however, that like another famous backwater family, The Waltons, this one is…

Edward W. Duveyoung says:

Pure-hearted and conceptually clear What a gem. The trailer doesn’t hardly offer what the film delivers. Just too much to admire. The various manifestations of love, the dialectic, citizenship, the cost of a point of view — any point of view, the kinds of reality, the necessity of truth, the sacredness of death, the limitations of clarity, the bounty of the unknown, and the wildness a heart can ride — all explored, sussed, framed, and power driven into the viewer’s everything.Bring a box of tissues, but it’s not…

Kent says:

It’s just a penis, every man has one. This irreverent tour de family liberates us from meaningless taboos of American society in favor of uncensored honesty and unexpected filial intellectualism. It challenges us all to do more than just our best. It challenges us to know our rights, to shake the foundations of social comfort, and define our freedom through action not words. This is a triumphant comedy about what it means to be an American. Its heroes are the understanding, fitness, and bravery necessary to foster a free society…

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