General Excellence let down by Major Flaws
- Captain Fantastic review by AM
Where to start?
Imagine a world where The Dude did not grow up to be a ten-pin bowling obsessed hippie in the Big Lebowski, but instead sired 6 children who were home educated in in bohemian ideals using almost military work ethic, living off grid virtually cut-off from normal society. This is the starting point for Captain Fantastic with Viggo Mortensen in the lead role. Forced to leave their home after a tragedy, the film works best when it is just Viggo and the children. Together the family amplify the ideals so often shown in films (the hugely intelligent, charismatic hippy with all the answers) and the contradictory amount of work and near brainwashing used to achieve it, Where it works least when they meet other characters. These are almost invariably cartoon cut-out stereotypes, reacting in incredibly predictable ways. More depth to these encounters would have added so much more.
This is a four star film. I enjoyed it. It entertained me. It is, in part, really well acted. It wants to be better than it is, it tries incredibly hard to say more than it can; ultimately it just doesn't quite deliver. But better this film than a hollywood rom-com any night of the week.
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- Captain Fantastic review by ZB
A real treat! Captain Fantastic presents an alternative to the typical american family comedy, a family living off the grid and faced with all the struggles you would expect live in such a place - really enjoyable from start to finish.
Makes you question your own way of living.
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.
Not Quite What I expected
- Captain Fantastic review by Cato
I was rather looking forward to this film - the title looked like it was going to be a couple of hours of fun. No such thing. In fact it turned out to be anything but. The story involved a domineering father who wanted to make all of his children do everything he thought they should in his alternative quasi hippy way of living. Of course it didn't work, but I won't go any further, as it might spoil things
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful.