CAPTAIN FANTASTIC (2016) – My rating: 8.5/10

captainfantasticCaptain Fantastic really flew under the radar. I don’t believe I saw it advertised at all. Too bad because Captain Fantastic is a fantastic movie. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. It gave me school for thought and taught me a thing or two about our value system.

Captain Fantastic is about a father, Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) of six children; Bodevan “Bo” Cash (George MacKay), Kielyr Cash (Samantha Isler), Vespyr Cash (Annalise Basso), Rellian Cash (Nicholas Hamilton), Zaja Cash (Shree Crooks), Nai Cash (Charlie Shotwell) and their very sick mother, Leslie Abigail Cash (Trin Miller). All eight of them choose to live isolated from society in the Washington wilderness, which means away from the conveniences of modern man. The children are home schooled and hunt for their food. This means they don’t enjoy cloned meats, preservatives, tons of extra salt, pesticides and other unknown ingredients in their food. Disillusioned with Capitalism and American life, Ben and Leslie instill survivalist skills, left wing politics and philosophy in their children. There’s no technology, which allows the family to actually interact with each other as well as coexist with nature, train to be physically fit and self reliant. They also celebrate “Noam Chomsky Day” instead of Christmas.

The funny twist to this story is both parents have college degrees and Leslie comes from money. Of course her parents are not happy with Leslie’s decision to live the way she does and blames her husband Ben. When Leslie takes ill and ends up hospitalized, Ben carries on and there are scenes when he is so brutally honest with the children, you can’t do anything but laugh. When the family takes a trip out of the wilderness Captain Fantastic gets even more interesting and challenges everything you think is right. Without revealing any more of the plot, I highly recommend you see this movie, which is now on DVD. It’s really worth watching.

[Captain Fantastic is nominated for Best Actor]

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