An isolated family, raised by their father in the woods, unfamiliar to the real world and their struggles as they cope up with the outer civilization.
Thought-Provoking. The idea may have been absurd but its definitely isn’t brainless as it deals greatly against everyones beliefs. Captain Fantastic delivers a unique family concept that seems laughable but it ain’t actually funny, then we step back, and we realized if this is actually the best family ever existed.
What’s not good about the movie?
To be honest, I didn’t see anything bad with it. Maybe it is just too simple. Well, that’s simplicity was overshadowed by the film’s toughness, so, I can’t really find a strong mistake on this one.
What’s good about it?
Its the feeling of being unsure if you’ll go for a character or not, the pros and cons, the advantages and disadvantages, of everyone on the scene. We can see Ben’s (Viggo Mortensen) idea of raising his children in a tough way, grounding his children from the new age, this may look so selfish to some but I’m sure in the father’s perspective, it’s just his own way of protecting his children, give them a freedom that they won’t be getting in they’re living a normal life. On the other hand is the kids’ granddad, Jack (Frank Langella), most would hate him because he’s trying to get his grandchildren away from their father, seeing this father as ignorant and insensitive, Jack’s will of getting his grandkids away from the harshness of the forest and be able to give them the life they deserve, to cut them off all the weirdness.
One other thing is its brilliant casting along with their compelling performances, showing the audiences that they are well aware of the roles. There’s one scene where Bo (George MacKey) being confronted after kissing this girl where he explained what happened or his feelings in the most unconventional way, embarassing, or let’s just say the most freak-ish that could ever happen to a courting man, it’s the scene where you could either laugh at him or pity him for his actions.
Director: Matt Ross (28 Hotel Rooms: 2012)
Main Cast: Viggo Mortensen ; George MacKey ; Annalise Basso ; Samantha Isler ; Nicholas Hamilton ; Shree Crooks ; Charlie Shotwell
Genre: Drama ; Comedy
Release Year: 2016
- The song playing in the supermarket’s speaker is “My Heart Will Go On“.
- Viggo Mortensen also starred in Eastern Promises (2007), both where he had full frontal nudity, both nominated him for Academy Award for best leading actor.
- The necklace Viggo is wearing is a pendant for the hammer of Thor, Norse God of Thunder. Some scholars believed that followers of the Norse Gods wear these pendants as a sign of faith against Christians whose, at that time, trying to convert pagans to Christianity. In this case, Viggo is playing a father role who is actually against everything outside of his belief.
- The red suit Viggo is wearing at the funeral is the same suit he wore in Indian Runner (1992).
- Director Ross had all six children to sign a contract promising that they won’t eat junk foods or sugar throughout the course of filming.