Indie Gems: Captain Fantastic

Who needs social skills?

Ben (Viggo Mortensen) raises his 6 children off the grid. They live in the woods, live off the land, he homeschools them. When we meet the family, we learn Ben's wife is away at a mental hospital, then we learn she kills herself and her father (Frank Langella) will not let Ben and his family attend the funeral. But they are very much in the "fuck the man!" mindset so off they go, even though Ben is missing some queues from his children during this truly upsetting time.

Ben's children are little geniuses but they completely lack social skills with people who aren't living off the grid. That's apparent when the oldest son Bo (George MacKay) has these most awkward encounter with a girl and her mother in the history of movies. (at least that's how it feels) Bo also harbors a secret about wanting to go to real college, so you can tell throughout he's just waiting for the perfect moment to spring that on his dad.

Mortensen and MacKay are the standouts, both give spectacular performances. All the kids were perfectly cast, especially in the scenes where they're grieving, I found them completely believable. It's also littered with amazingly awkward moments and humor despite the heavy premise. I hope this film gets a bit of Golden Globes love, I don't think it stands a chance at the Oscars, but it fits nicely in the comedy section there.

Grade: B

Watched on: Netflix DVD

Memorable Quote: "If it doesn't come from a book, I don't know shit." - Bo (George MacKay)

8 comments:

  1. is true Viggo is naked in this?;d

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    1. Yes, for like a second. Pretty funny scene too.

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  2. I love Viggo but unsure about this movie but I will take a chance on it

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    1. It's really lovely, I think you'd like it.

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  3. Definitely worth a watch. An outside the box kind of movie with good acting even if it's not as neatly made as we could wish.

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    1. I wrote this review before the Globes and SAG noms were out, I'm glad to see it's getting love now. Viggo was amazing.

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  4. I heard about this film from my aunt and since you suggest good indie gems, I will definitely try to watch this soon!

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No seriously, post one. I need attention.