Chomsky, Sweet Child of Mine, airport scene - we can all tell what's the fell-good-film of the season. It tries to be something else but this urban-people-fantasy so they can stop feeling guilty for buying iPads and iPods while watching it with Coke and popcorn on their hands. I mean, could this cast look more alike a fashion campaign? It's just not natural or powerful - it's Hollywood going slightly outdoorsy.
Ben: When you have sex with a woman, be gentle and listen to her. Treat her with respect and dignity even if you don't love her.
Bo: I know.
Ben: Always tell the truth. Always take the high road.
Bo: I know.
Ben: Live each day like it could be your last. Drink it in. Be adventurous, be bold, but savour it. It goes fast.
Bo: I know.
Ben: Don't die.
Bo: I won't.
An open, tolerant, smart, anti-corporate, anti-capitalist, anti-religion, autarchic, anti-materialistic, anti-establishment, intellectual, and environmentally conscious American family could only exist in a movie. Captain Fantastic is an inspiring fairy tale for the Age of Trump.
An excellent script by Matt Ross is made something special by exceptional casting. The strength of a film like this depends on the authenticity and talents of its' child/teen casting and this films nails that issue. Mortensen's interactions with his onscreen offspring are touching, honest, tragic and sometimes heartbreaking. Shame about the ending which felt disingenuous with what came before.
"The word interesting is forbidden". Esperanto (<3) "Tell me about Lolita in your own words" ("No,that's the plot")>THE best parenting film I've seen in ages. Ben: best movie dad I've ever seen. Viggo's Oscar-worthy.Loved how they went all alt-life+livin'off the grid&celebrating Noam Chomsky's day(Ben flaunting his penis:P)Vesper, Cary Grantin' the tiled roof rescuing Rellian from obscene capitalistic conformity[Cnt]
Captain Fantastic conveys the kind of honesty that asks viewers to be engaged, both emotionally and intellectually. And just when you think the rhetoric is all but stagnant, Ross pulls the plug and asks the difficult questions, embarking on the journey alongside his characters. After all, he too is exploring, accepting his limitations and uncertainties.
3.5/5. Many potential spots here and there but often meaningless or weak-executed. Viggo Mortensen is the only thing that keeps everything fresh and interesting while the script is far from excellent, almost lazy and confusing. Still love that airport-flushed-down-toilet scene, though.