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About the Movie
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 Stone raves, “Viggo Mortensen is magniﬁcent. A career best work.”
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 181
- Fresh: 149
- Rotten: 32
- Average Rating: 7.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: [It] shines as a sort of wish-fulfillment fantasy for a certain outdoors-oriented mind set, which almost makes up for its over-the-top moments and underwritten characters.
Fresh: This is really a movie for upper-middle class hipsters who once fancied themselves firebrands and status quo-challengers in college, but now consider only buying organic food at Whole Foods and not vaccinating their kids to be radical acts.
Fresh: There are many tonal plates being spun here; the lack of a deafening crash is impressive. It comes down, you suspect, to the film's embrace of its own contradictions.
Rotten: A more interesting version of the film would allow us to see him as either a flawed but noble hero or a deluded bully on an ego trip. But Ross is too in love with the character not to stack the deck in his favour.
He's not a perfect Father but he's trying his best
I love that this film didn't make Viggo's character a perfect man, his children are geniuses and philosophers, they hold a lot of keys to the world that most people could only ever dream of holding, they know so much and so little at same time. It's truly intoxicating to watch children with the knowledge that his have try to navigate the "real" world. This film is quirky and beautiful, it will make you reevaluate everything you ever thought about parenting, family, and our modern way of life.
Gotta wanna be!
Yes, it's a fairy tale, and yes, the good guys do "win," but what more could you ask from a story like this. Good casting, a nice take on society and its flaws (some strengths too!) and far less than totally tidying up the ending?
Excellent. For days I couldn't stop thinking about this film. I am a father and when this movie ended it really made me think about the way that I parent. I went back a week later to watch it again. So good. This film really makes you think without being preachy. Thank you Matt Ross.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2016
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- Captain Fantastic (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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