Captain Fantastic (2016)

“Mission: Rescue mum!”

What’s it about?

So, what’s Viggo Mortensen been up to? Raising and training his kids for The Hunger Games in a world where The Hunger Games doesn’t exist apparently.

Who’s in it?

Viggo with a beard that could make Rick Grimes jealous, a wife who’s in a level 1 dream stage, that kid who actually wanted to have 7 years of bad luck in Oculus, another kid with a “We Need to Talk About Kevin” vibe, the daughter in Blood Father and one of the  Bad Moms.

Why should I watch it?

+ Like most indie flicks, this film is original and just fucking refreshing
+ Viggo Mortensen is solid, what else is new right?
+ He’s like that friend you haven’t seen for a long time and when you do meet up, you think to yourself, why don’t I spend more time with this guy?!
+ Kids also step up, there’s great chemistry all around and they feel like an actual family
+ Each of the kids had their own moments to shine as well (take note Suicide Squad and The Magnificent Seven)
+ Viggo has a completely opposite way of raising kids
+ Openness with no bullshit approach, he doesn’t sugar coat anything from topics like sex or death
+ He keeps them in top shape and has more intelligent conversations with  them than your standard youtube comment section
+ They have debates where both sides are taken into consideration before making a fully informed decision
+ As fans of The Big Bang Theory know too well, with great intelligence comes great social awkwardness
+ Kids integrating with the world makes some comedic moments
+ Love how they takes the piss out of our society, it’s funny
+ Plus, it’s always funny watching mature minded kids swearing
+ Seriously though, this film makes a good point on school curriculum
+ Why didn’t we learn about shit that matters like mortgages or taxes?
+ Wesley Snipes knows what I’m talking about
+ Great soundtrack, loved that rendition of Sweet Child O’ Mine
+ Some scenes will pull so fucking hard on your heart strings, specifically near the end
+ Like how they add that all system has flaws
+ The grandpa isn’t a bad dude necessarily and he does have valid points
+ You can see how it can considered as borderline child abuse but we’re still on the dad’s side, he means well
+ A bit like the daughter’s analysis of Lolita (minus the pedophile stuff)
+ Ahhh, I see what you did there movie, I’m picking up what you’re dropping off

Why shouldn’t I watch it?

– If you take your Christianity seriously
– The movie throws a lot of jabs
– Doesn’t matter what system you believe in, cake will always make anyone excited
– Kinda want a knife for my birthday now
– We don’t even trust our kids with scissors and his kids are running around with knives
– Teaching them to steal? Not cool man
– Family frees more than just the nipple, rules on nudity is waaay too relaxed

Anything else?

You could say this film is “interesting.” *wink wink* It’ll surely make you think days after watching it. About how to be a parent, what’s the best way of approaching it. Like discourse between his family, it doesn’t tell you what to think but helps you form your own opinion on the subject. For me, it’s a compromise between both worlds, what’s the point of teaching them knowledge about the world if you don’t give them a chance to live in the real world? Also, I think we now live in a world where kids shouldn’t be trained that hard and we do have to make up lies over some stuff to protect their innocence.

Overall, It’s a mix of the entertaining family dynamic/road trip element that Little Miss Sunshine had with the social commentary on Western society that Swiss Army Man had. Your next mission should be Operation: Go watch the shit out of this movie.


You might also like:
Little Miss Sunshine
Swiss Army Man
The Way, Way Back


22 thoughts on “Captain Fantastic (2016)

  1. This sounds like a certain episode of Wife Swap USA that I recall. Had’t actually heard of this movie yet – now I’m intrigued! Will definitely be checking it out. Thanks for a great review again!

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  2. Oh man. I already wanted to see this film, but now I REALLY wanna see this film. I love watching tv/movies about families that have independent views/behaviors; it definitely helps me keep an open mind on parenting [which is necessary, as a stepmom].

    Plus, VIGGO rocks.

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    1. And sometimes he rolls.
      Same! Just leaves you to explore a different perspective, doesn’t it? Think you’ll really like this one. I’d love to know your thoughts on the film, especially as a parent.


  3. Ahaha “with great intelligence comes great social awkwardness” this line got me. It’s such a good movie! I almost skipped it but read your review, so decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did.

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  4. I still really really need to see this! Your review has made me want to watch it more, Little Miss Sunshine is one of my all time favourite films.

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