Captain Fantastic (2016) Review

Rating: 9 / 10

The second indie feature film from Matt Ross that is almost close to perfect. If you wish to know how to raise your children in a different way and how to understand what are the most important things in life – you have to see this movie.

Plot: 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.


  • Viggo Mortensen as Ben
  • George MacKay as Bodevan
  • Samantha Isler as Kielyr
  • Annalise Basso as Vespyr
  • Nicholas Hamilton as Rellian
  • Shree Crooks as Zaja
  • Charlie Shotwell as Nai
  • and many more

Directed by: Matt Ross

Written by: Matt Ross

This one was a surprise for me. I even didn’t know this movie exists. I saw it going to a premiere where I don’t know what I will be watching. If the movie wouldn’t have been shown that night I might not even have seen it at all or known about it. And I would regret it because this movie was such an eye opener and I loved the movie.

The movie is simple in cinematography and uses simple camera work to tell the story. Simple is sometimes good and with this simplicity we get almost a perfect movie.

The story is interesting and compelling. At the beginning the story was slow and a little boring but going deeper in the characters, the story developed in something interesting and I was hooked to the screen and always was thinking. A movie is perfect if it makes somebody think. A father that deals with the loss of his wife, educates his children in a forest without any connection to the world. It shows how this can be a blessing and a bad thing. It beautifully shows that a balance in life is always needed. I was surprised how funny this movie was. With such a serious plot you might think: what can be funny there? But it is really funny. The interactions between the characters are sometimes so funny, you will laugh till you cry.

The perfectness of this movie goes also to the talent of the actors. Everyone in the cast is perfect in their roles. Viggo Mortensen as always delivers one of his best performances of his career. Showing a fragile father that tries to keep his family together with the family values he and his wife established. With always being challenged by the outer world he must decide what is good for his children. He performs all the emotions that is needed to make the character stand out and be perfect. Without Viggo Mortensen there is also the great performances from the youth actors. All of them were perfect and it is great to hear from the director Matt Ross that shooting digitally allowed him to get more out of the child actors. You can see it in the movie – the emotions feel natural.

As of August 11, 2016, Captain Fantastic has grossed $3.92 million in North America.

If you wish a funny, thought provoking, and simple movie – this is one you have to see this year. With this kind of thought provoking story line, it will make you think for a long time about how you yourself will raise your children and what might be good for them.

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