I don’t see another actor better than Viggo Mortensen as Captain Fantastic. This is almost a flawless educational movie. If you judge people on their political views, you can have a very biased feeling about this wonderful movie. This is because it’s a little bit uncommon to find those beliefs in this bland world. You now believe in what you see in mass media, where you are tormented with imminent disaster, economical crisis, the 1%, terrorists, NSA, conspiracies and anti-Trump-ism. You are not anymore free to judge with your own head, you need a lighthouse.
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Captain Fantastic is a Chomsky Supporter
A communist hippie is not uncommon, almost everybody was stuffed with this lie (liberty, fraternity, equality, blah, blah, blah) especially when he had a “cause”: if that was war, protesting against war, if social discrepancies, protesting about the great capital swallowing the small business, etc, etc. A lot of great minds were leftists in their young age. They and the liberal crowd were handled with sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. Today, the puppet artists are considered legends, and the young leftists became fierce capitalists if they didn’t die already.
Captain Fantastic – Plot
Ben Cash, a father, is raising his six children in wilderness. They are autodidacts! They are disciplined. They can survive in almost any conditions. They know how to hunt and they are also exceptionally educated. They miss exactly what they don’t need, frivolous behavior and toxic food. Leslie, the mother, has a rich background, but she is a Buddhist hippie, so she lived for a while with her family in what is called “the great Pacific North-West”, in the Western Washington, where the movie was also filmed. She was bipolar and she committed suicide. You see their whereabouts with the action actually starting when the whole lot embarks in the family bus to go to the funeral. Leslie’s father is a rich guy who doesn’t appreciate at all what Ben is doing with the kids. So, he forbids them to come.
The action got a little bit complicated, because the children can’t accept to stay apart. The movie is extraordinary because it offers something absolutely different of what you know, a different approach, a different philosophy of life. I don’t say it’s the right way, but it’s definitively healthier than the norm.
Above you have an example on how Ben’s “savage” kids knew more than their “normal” cousins. The kids are remarkable, like the whole movie.
Viggo Mortensen is Ben, the hippie father. He got an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Bafta nomination for Best Actor. George MacKay is Bodevan, the biggest boy. Samantha Isler is Kielyr, one of the biggest girls. Annalise Basso is Vespyr, the other big girl. Both these girls are Bodevan’s juniors. Nicholas Hamilton is Rellian, another boy, in order. Shree Crooks is Zaja, the smallest girl. Charlie Shotwell is Nai, the smallest boy. He doesn’t remember his mother very well. Trin Miller is Leslie, Ben’s wife, the kids’ mother. She doesn’t appear much. Kathryn Hahn is Harper, Ben’s sister in law, Leslie’s sister. Steve Zahn is Dave, Harper’s husband. Elijah Stevenson is Justin, Harper and Dave’s biggest son. Teddy Van Ee is Jackson, Harper and Dave’s little son. Erin Moriarty is Claire, a girl Bodevan meets in a camping lot. Missi Pyle is Ellen, Claire’s mother.Frank Langella is Jack, Leslie’s father and Ben’s father in law. Ann Dowd is Abigail, Leslie’s mother.
Captain Fantastic is written and directed by Matt Ross, who is mostly an actor. The movie is much better than La La Land.
I loved that the trailer is not over revealing. Everybody acts perfect, and as a whole, this is a wonderful movie which will make you cry.
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