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Captain Fantastic

Captain Fantastic

2016
Comedy
Drama
1h 58m
In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent. (imdb)
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Captain Fantastic

2016
Comedy
Drama
1h 58m
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Rated 13 Oct 2016
80
90th
although the social criticism is mostly too "rock n' roll" to be taken with the due seriousness, it worked incredibly well in showing that all contemplation and understanding of life is useless, if you decide to separate yourself from it. as much as the misanthropist in me likes to revel in escapist fantasies, "captain fantastic" makes a fair point on compromise. also, the cast was excellent, everything down to the extras fit like a glove. well done, luis! now i have to return some video tapes.
Rated 06 Nov 2016
80
73rd
Captain Fantastic serves as a wonderful showcase for Mortensen's honest performance, as well as some admirable work from the young cast members. As the film progresses, moving away from the whimsical family in their Robinson Carusoe-like setting, the tone has a subtle shift that makes the viewer question the patriarch. Take the man out of his setting, force him to abide by the rule of others, and watch what happens. An interesting look at adopting the values of the masses.
Rated 07 Jul 2017
74
79th
Like Little Miss Sunshine, but with more intense temporal rainforest cross-training and more of Vigo Mortensen's penis. Noam Chomsky Really does deserve his own day, though. Or at least a cake.
Rated 06 Oct 2018
15
5th
'The Mosquito Coast' has been remade by an incredibly dumb high school student, so eager to show the world his clever, that there's an actual scene in this movie, where the father is asking his teenage daughter if she's having trouble with the Planck's constant. Yeah, Matt. We all are. It's quantum fucking physics.
Rated 03 Aug 2016
60
10th
Viewed August 1, 2016. I enjoyed this as it was happening, but in retrospect, it's hard to remember anything I actually, enthusiastically liked about it. I feel like there are many interesting directions Ross could have taken this story - like an examination of the ins-and-outs of Mortensen's "training" (I guess, like a friendlier Dogtooth) or an examination of America through the eyes of these well-read, shut-in kids - but instead he goes nowhere.
Rated 15 Oct 2016
68
79th
Captain Fantastic is a brightly coloured film juxtaposed against some pretty somber performances. Sure there are a few funny moments scattered throughout, but the film is predominately depressing for the majority of its runtime. That said, its thematic exploration of balance in life, between self-sufficiency, wealth, knowledge, and acceptance is well-handled. Terrific performances all round, even if the characters are frustrating at time. Also, on parenting, no matter what you do, you're wrong.
Rated 27 Oct 2016
81
94th
Although this one starts off as a totally enjoyable movie with a lot of LOL's an ROTFL's (the little ones are hilarious), this one actually turned out to be very disturbing: As much as you want to join team Viggo and shout out "Power to the people! Stick it to the man!" together with him and his jolly family, you start to notice the disturbing ways of his little commune and how it essentially grows to be a little Stalinist regime. Watch out for Viggo-ism.
Rated 04 Aug 2016
70
65th
Go, Viggo!
Rated 11 Dec 2016
84
83rd
Super for the first two acts. Not quite as successful in the third act. Great acting.
Rated 22 Jan 2017
72
81st
An enlightening and thought-provoking family drama that raises big question on parenting, family and the modern-day America. Fueled by strong performances from mainly a young cast, it's captivating despite its few flaws.
Rated 27 Jul 2019
6
34th
Man, must be nice to reject the luxuries and comforts of modern life, live by an anti-capitalist ideology, and have rich in-laws as a back-up plan. "Her body is not cremating fast enough, quick, let'd do an AC/DC cover!"
Rated 29 Nov 2016
77
62nd
It's a decent movie, and Viggo is a perfect pick for the role, the ending is a little lackluster, kind of the non-ending you might expect for a indie movie. Maybe it's just for the laughs, but I don't understand why the family's wardrobe came out of the 60',s when they only left society little more than a decade ago.
Rated 05 Oct 2016
81
92nd
With a wonderfully intriguing premise, Captain Fantastic is a sweet, charming, and thought-provoking adventure bolstered by strong performances, great direction, and a solid script. A fantastic film.
Rated 11 Jan 2017
75
68th
Often invigorating, moderately subversive and occasionally hilarious tale of the individual bucking the system that feels honest and sincere for the most part. Mortensen is indeed fantastic, and the theme of personal freedom versus responsibility is intriguing. It could have been a bit more focused in tone, and the final third is a little cheesy at times, but it's hard not to like this film.
Rated 05 Nov 2016
82
88th
"Little Miss Sunshine" by way of Plato's Republic and a dash of "Lolita". Could have done with a trim or two, especially in the last hour, and possibly gets a little too cutesy for its own good, but overall makes its point both intelligently and charmingly, with stunning performances by both children and seasoned actors. Not perfect, but relevant. You can't stick it to The Man without knowing him. (Or without being a Man yourself, apparently, but hey, Bearded Viggo will have his say.)
Rated 17 Jul 2016
90
93rd
This movie takes quirky to a new level as an art form; home schooling while eschewing civilization for communal living are two things we usually picture as being complementary. And while it taps into memories of my nascent-hippie/socialist past, it's too much fun and too interesting (which we learn is a bad word) not to enjoy. I say this admitting I had to cover my ears during their celebration of Noam Chomsky and his anti-capitalist screed, and cover my eyes when Mortensen is drinking coffee in
Rated 19 Jul 2016
96
92nd
I often play a mental game where I connect two unconnected films as being sequels to one another. And this film feels like a spiritual successor, not just in approach, but also story, to Good Will Hunting. Both were personal to me as I watched a flawed, hyper intellectual man use a level of emotional responsibility to solve his problems and benefit those close to him. Viggo is amazing, the kids are adorable, and the righteous politics give a great shout out to Noam Chomsky. Highly recommended.
Rated 23 Aug 2016
60
49th
The bastard child of Little Miss Sunshine and The Road starring the organic fairtrade coffee shop intellectual's version of Tyler Durden (played perfectly by a great Mortensen). At face value its a sweet little anti-consumerism movie, but it lets the titular character off frustratingly easy (I sided with Langella). It also didn't help that the emotional climax of the film echoed the "Sweet Child of Mine" scene in Stepbrothers.
Rated 15 Oct 2016
80
91st
About as good as this sort of indie sentimentality can get.
Rated 17 Jan 2017
90
92nd
This was one of the most entertaining movies of the whole year. Viggo is spectacular as the patriarch of a flawed-yet-admirable family who lives outside society's laws - and anomalously for any movie that has this many children in it, the kids are actually really good actors. I had a great time watching this.
Rated 22 Jul 2021
80
79th
The kids are surprisingly convincing and the script does a good job of balancing the two prominent perspectives—ultimately tempering the glory of alternative living with the pragmatism of modernity in a too-generous epilogue (the grandfather would have had SWAT on the bus's tail even before the exhumation). Everyone and the scenery give solid turns; the pyre singalong is the standout highlight; a good film.
Rated 20 Jul 2016
80
72nd
What a surprise! A legitimately touching examination of paternal influence & the meaning of freedom from a familial standpoint. At times it plays out a little hyperbolic but maintains interesting insight from both extremes of political correctness.
Rated 11 Jun 2018
80
79th
An out of left-field subversive delight. Viggo Mortensen in this is my idea of the perfect parent. A little too long and trite towards the end but that doesn't detract from everything that came before.
Rated 24 Jul 2017
75
77th
I loved how the film lets us get entirely through the first act without any real hint of criticism of the father's methods. And then it allows what I think most can agree is a fair compromise--it's the perfect marriage of youthful idealism and adult pragmatism. And hats off to my boy Matt Ross, aka Luis Carruthers, aka Gavin Belson. This is only the third project I've seen that he's been involved in, and he's outstanding wearing wildly different hats in each.
Rated 19 Mar 2017
44
7th
Some sort of weaksauce attempt to critique social norms.
Rated 21 Dec 2016
78
70th
Good flick
Rated 27 May 2020
50
20th
Interesting setting - for about two minutes. Then, we get treated to a bunch of repetitive knife and socialist jokes, before we start on the both overly pathetic and simplistic hour-long finale. How did this one make it into arthouse circles?
Rated 14 Dec 2016
65
61st
The last 20 minutes dosen't do any good for an otherwise fine film. Viggo Mortensen could get an Oscar nom for his role.
Rated 03 May 2017
45
11th
It tries to present a different way of living, at the same time it tries to criticize the normal way of living. The funny thing is that the supposedly "free thinkers", the "philosopher kings" here are all left wing doctrined people - no freedom at all.
Rated 19 Feb 2017
97
96th
Nice deep and weird! Smart and funny
Rated 09 Feb 2017
78
56th
Uneven drama becomes problematic when it attempts to seriously explore the ideas of 'bucking the system', becoming overly didactic, and certainly uncritical of Fantastic's sometimes dangerous delusions. However, Mortenson brings the character to life so vivdly, and his family of kids are so incredibly appealing (headed by MacKay's terrific performance as the oldest of the brood), that it is hard not to get swept up in their fervor. Langella's warm and measured performance is another standout.
Rated 23 Jan 2017
70
96th
Keep fighting the "normal" way of living!
Rated 24 Nov 2016
75
73rd
Entertaining. Operation Free the Food!
Rated 18 Oct 2016
90
99th
Superb.
Rated 21 Mar 2017
63
55th
Tech Scores: Directing 6 Screenplay 7 Cinematography 7 Editing 7 Acting 7 Sound Design & Music Score 7 Other Techs ... 7 Overall Scores: Whole Movie 7 Myself 7 WoW 0
Rated 14 Jul 2016
63
61st
Calculated version of Little Miss Sunshine that undiscriminating fans of the indie genre will love (and often for all the wrong reasons). Viggo Mortensen is very good.
Rated 05 Mar 2017
28
24th
There is literally no way that the mom's favorite song would be "Sweet Child O' Mine" of all things. I'm just saying...
Rated 31 Oct 2016
86
92nd
The endgame dragged on a bit too long. Otherwise fantastic.
Rated 21 Jan 2017
93
93rd
Although the filmmakers probably believe they're presenting a fair & balanced look at the positives and negatives of choosing to raise your children w/ a ruthlessly back-to-basics anti-consumerist approach, it's pretty clear they think everyone would benefit from being more like Thoreau, as despite all of Mortensen's extremism, the family's unfailingly polite & brilliant. Still, they do highlight the problems of such a choice & do so in a compelling & mostly thoughtful way w/ moving performances
Rated 20 May 2016
0
1st
Matt Ross discovers there's smthing wrong in society and starts to read things like Plato or Chomsky deciding to make a public service ad to enlighten the teenagers. However he himself is still a pupil who shouldn't have dared such a ridiculous movie, because 1)Why not evaluate Vigo as a dictator? 2)Wtf is the mother a bourgeois girl searching for meaning and failing, instead of Vigo? 3)Theft is the ultimate confirmation of private property 4)You don't need a cock to have sex, and many more...
Rated 29 Dec 2016
6
93rd
Mortenson's alt-dad is vindicated in his child-rearing practices in the face of the slings and arrows of normie society. These practices consist of training them very intensely in physical endurance and woke hot-takes à la Chomsky while not socializing them at all outside their family. A great idea, this movie thinks. I find the message moronic, but its presentation here is compelling and this would be a good movie to use to start thinking through a critique of counter-cultural utopianism.
Rated 13 Sep 2016
80
89th
What a wonderful movie! Mortensen plays his role perfectly, as do all the kid actors. All in all it's the perfect balance between leftist intellectualism that might come off a tad pretentious at times, some awesome black humour and the characters' struggle to do the right thing. It also shows how difficult it is to be critical of mainstream without losing touch with society entirely. That kinda ruined my own hermit plans...
Rated 07 Nov 2016
55
18th
I have rarely cringed so hard as during that last song.
Rated 06 Apr 2018
86
77th
Excellent story and great performance.
Rated 17 Jun 2018
5
63rd
The acting in this was incredible by the dad and all the kids.
Rated 28 Apr 2019
3
73rd
They really should have had an actual leftist look over that script. Gets as hokey as expected.
Rated 18 Jun 2019
96
91st
As I am a huge Viggo Mortensen fan, I was overdue seeing this one, and I was not disappointed at all! One of the best for the year, for me. Great performances by all, intelligent dialogue and plenty here to think about.
Rated 31 Jul 2019
83
85th
- At its best a Shakespearean breakdown of a tragic character's psyche. A thoughtful look at rebellious futility. The reward and trauma and authority pitfalls of fatherhood. BUT Hard to rate as there's some really deep and amazing sections and then also really slow ending that jolted for reasons don't have space for here. Some top acting, esp by oldest son.
Rated 18 Dec 2019
0
10th
Waste of time
Rated 09 Feb 2020
70
82nd
Great performances by a great cast combine with beautiful cinematography, a great soundtrack, a compelling plot & memorable characters to make for a very entertaining ride. The debate & message at its core is a strong one, and one that's mostly well-delivered, though it does falter at times & does a few pretty hamfisted, unrealistic things to make its point. The third act isn't nearly as strong as what comes before it, but it's still solid & makes for a good finale. Overall, worth a watch.
Rated 07 Apr 2020
89
93rd
If only this film were as greatly loved and recognised as all the other nonsense with 'Captain' in its title.
Rated 24 Jun 2020
45
20th
Too preachy for its own good. The social-outcasts and 'alternative' parenting scenario has been done many times before in film and more successfully. But the critique of modern education as not an education at all is valid, however gets lost in the generally schmalzy nature of the film. Mortensen is good (even when fully nude).
Rated 07 May 2017
40
39th
It's like they went with the first draft of the script leaving half this interesting film in a bit of a mess. Although, as interesting isn't a real word maybe the whole thing is a bit of a mess!
Rated 18 Feb 2017
67
40th
Que susto! No final achei que isso ia virar algum conto moralista do capitalismo. *Suspiro de alívio*
Rated 19 May 2017
60
58th
eng; [captain fantastic - einmal wildnis und zurück]; ein vater lebt zurückgezogen mit seinen kindern im wald, welchen er eine anspruchsvolle erziehung gibt - doch mit dem rest der menschheit prallen damit zwei welten aufeinander als die familie zu einer reise aufbricht.;
Rated 08 Jul 2017
71
84th
Wonderful cast and really capitalizes strongly on that indie feel. It's sweet and interesting and one of Viggo's better performances.
Rated 09 Dec 2016
84
85th
Sonakwardgirls+sneakgotivyschools+momsuicide+grandpagonnacop-fuckthatwegoin+ answerquestionssexrape+readtonespeciallymed+copstop-homeschoolchristiansscareaway+fakeheartstealfood+atsisherfamlikewtf+Vgamescary+sonbondgirlkissaskmarrythinkjoke+kickedoutfuneral+lilboyhatedadlifeheardmomfight+momhelpedapply-iknownothing!+grandsaychildabusewarnarrest-custody+makedaughtsneak-falloffroof+thoughtmom'dgetbetteroutthere+givecustody+kidssnuckbus+sneakcrematewish+bodyoutrideback+sweetchild+toilet+goivy+house
Rated 15 Nov 2017
3
1st
Comuna-hippie.
Rated 04 Jan 2017
7
81st
Viggo Mortensen is at the top of his game in this family dramedy, shot through with humor and heart. Written and directed with scrappy grace by Matt Ross, Captain Fantastic takes turns you don't see coming.
Rated 09 Sep 2016
78
65th
Teach your children well.
Rated 07 Dec 2016
70
66th
Viggo Mortensen is great. His relationship with his children is great. However, movies is not great, it has decent story with some little flows. Worth watching, deserves its runtime.
Rated 02 Apr 2023
89
68th
Got impression that original concept was about a right-wing survivalist militia guy, but then he was switched to leftist to be more relatable for urban audience.
Rated 07 Aug 2017
78
65th
A weird and at times funny tale about a very strange family
Rated 11 Sep 2016
20
12th
Because God is missing here, Captain Fantastic falls short of its idealistic aspirations. Ben is refreshingly honest yet needlessly crass. He loves his children even as he teaches them to lie and steal. He searches for truth and wisdom in man, even though he himself would admit there's precious little good to be found in us. (pluggedin.com)
Rated 20 Oct 2022
77
74th
Opinión personal: 7.5 Actores: 8 Guión: 7.5 Planos/técnicas: 7.5 BSO: 8 Otros:8 Iluminación:- FX:- Director:8 Humor:- Vestuario:-Metraje:8 Total: 77
Rated 22 Dec 2016
39
24th
Slow to get going and outstays its welcome. In attempting to construct a multifaceted hero, Captain Fantastic turns Viggo Mortensen into a manic, conspiratorial communist cult leader who, under scrutiny not tinted by a world of chic costumes and magical realism, would be found by any grounded American as a wholly unfit guardian.
Rated 12 Feb 2017
75
62nd
At times poignant and funny, Captain Fantastic is led by a good Viggo Mortensen. Although not his best IMO, it is easy to imagine other actors failing at such a role. The children weren't bad, and I was especially impressed by MacKay. The plot won't win any awards, but this is more of a story about the relationships between a father and his children. May have resonated a bit more with me if I was a father, but Captain Fantastic is a decent film.
Rated 05 Oct 2017
84
62nd
Original, entertaining, thought provoking (genuinely see legitimate alternative viewpoints on conduct etc), moving & , for me, inspiring. Also, if he toned down physical risks a touch, skipped petty larceny & bought just 1 new black suit for when required [ ;-) ] then I say he is an amazing parent! Results speak for themselves (his brood vs nephews). Also have fewer kids (he respects environment right - 8B & counting; reduce our own individual footprints but ALSO the multiplier = basic math).
Rated 06 Nov 2021
1
8th
Rated 01 Feb 2018
74
73rd
The ending could have been better.
Rated 04 Nov 2016
60
62nd
A bit of a cliche, but worth warching.
Rated 27 Oct 2017
84
70th
Though it does have flaws, they are few and far between.
Rated 25 Dec 2016
72
67th
25.12.16(+)
Rated 16 Feb 2017
75
55th
Film particolare e coinvolgente; a tratti un po' melenso, soprattutto sul finale
Rated 27 Apr 2020
1
4th
Wow everyone I stopped talking to from college are now in a film together. Fantastic.
Rated 31 Dec 2016
70
58th
Great performances and a unique story told in a somewhat underwhelming way.
Rated 07 Mar 2017
78
59th
Entertaining and different movie
Rated 28 Nov 2016
84
85th
27.11.2016, Buyulu Fener Kizilay
Rated 25 Apr 2017
62
38th
A shame it bottled it in the final act. MacKay superb though.
Rated 27 Apr 2017
83
40th
Captured some really unique family dynamics, but ultimately got bored with it.
Rated 10 Jan 2017
75
41st
iyi bu da.
Rated 23 Oct 2021
95
96th
a well acted story of loss, balance, and parenthood. incredibly funny left-oriented political humor, while still holding a level perspective.
Rated 23 Apr 2017
80
73rd
2017/04/23
Rated 26 Feb 2017
3
41st
En ganska obehaglig film om en socialist-fascistpappa som indoktrinerar sina barn i de djupa skogarna. Tydligen skall vi sympatisera med honom och hans vilja att vara renlärig, men fastän regissören trycker på alla känslosträngarna känner jag mest avsmak. När slutet kommer känner jag att jag blivit "released". Filmen är dock lite intressant genom att vanvettet faktiskt skildras - för den som vill se. Svag trea.
Rated 12 Aug 2021
80
81st
This is the kind of movie where if I saw it when I was 13 I would have based my whole personality around it. All the acting was great, I was into the premise, and it satisfies the "wacky roadtrip with fun characters" part of my brain. I love this family and I wish I could see more of them. This might end up being a comfort-rewatch for me.
Rated 24 Feb 2017
70
67th
I quite enjoyed this. It hit the right emotional beats, made me think, and had some pretty funny moments, too. The whole cast is good, including the younger actors. I was worried about where the film was heading at one point, but it all came together in the end, and made me question my idea along the way. I've always enjoyed Matt Ross as an actor, so it's cool to see him do so well at writing and directing, too. It's quirky and colourful and worth a watch.
Rated 15 Mar 2017
86
52nd
From the cover of this movie and the name, this looks like an offbrand Wes Anderson film. It is definitely not that. I am very happy with what it was though. I really enjoyed the relationship this father had with his children, deciding to never hide anything from them, providing everything for them and teaching them how to live on their own. Then it takes a deeper look into it all, Should this father be doing all this? is it hurting his family or are they ok? thought provoking look at society.
Rated 06 Sep 2017
74
72nd
Solid film, by the end you feel like you've experienced a whole different world and it's weird to just leave that behind. In some ways the humour is a bit too over-the-top or pandering, but at other times it works. Maybe it tries a bit too hard at being different, but I'd say it does succeed.
Rated 19 Aug 2016
80
37th
Captain Fantastic is a good movie. It is just good. Why am I repeating it? Because everything in this movie reaches that level and comfortably stops there. The movie only fault is that it remains in a safe zone, never exploring it's underlying messages to the fullest. Vigo is an amazing actor, his character is sort of a noble savage. Child cast is surprisingly not-annoying and actually quite likable and well-acted. Dialogue, plot, pacing etc are all well done. I just wish it was more daring.
Rated 21 Jan 2017
70
57th
film olarak belli bir noktadan işlediği için fazla haksızlık etmek istemesem de gerçek: bir başka "mesele güzel film nerede?" filmi daha.
Rated 01 Mar 2017
10
36th
W3E1P1S1V1M1A1R1. An occasionally brilliant film that loses the plot and takes forever to end. Allllllmost exceptional in several different ways (clever premise, lovely music, funny, very solid acting), but nothing quite nudges over the edge. Viggo was good, but in a very unchallenging role from my layman's perspective, so i'm not sure what the hype is about. If anything, the uniformly great child actors were the highlight.
Rated 10 May 2021
76
88th
Viggo is remarkably good in this. He provides lots of room to feel both frustration and sympathy for his character.
Rated 29 May 2018
82
60th
81.00+.50 = 81.50.
Rated 03 Dec 2019
85
60th
What are the ways in which you lie to yourself?
Rated 23 Oct 2023
72
55th
Really good!
Rated 16 Sep 2019
64
32nd
64
Rated 29 Sep 2019
60
32nd
I have no idea why this movie has a good rating. Full of inconsistencies and it has no complete integral philosophy.
Rated 20 Aug 2023
60
77th
A beautiful celebration of life and living.
Rated 11 Mar 2021
79
77th
Pretentious yet endearing simultaneously, Captain Fantastic offers a rare perspective of a family determined to live their own way. The film has plenty of opportunities to meander, but it stays sharp and well-paced throughout.
Rated 03 Aug 2020
75
51st
Smart, fun, sweet, original.

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