Captain Fantastic made its debut at Sundance this year and I was lucky enough to see it. It’s a film that has stuck with me and I’ve been pining for a second viewing since. The official trailer was released two days ago and re-ignited my interest in this movie.
The official website offers a taste of the story:
Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he’s taught them.
The film feels epic and adventurous in scope and pulls on every heart string in your body. Viggo Mortensen has never come alive on screen quite like this and the supporting cast weave together an unmissable package.
Captain Fantastic is not only a story of what it means to be a good parent, but also the importance of family, of conviction in your ideologies, pride in your education, and the virtue in going against the grain.
At times, the film can feel heavy-handed in its antagonistic role to Western culture. Much like Into The Wild, the film paints a fantasy picture of the modern societal apostate but it’s so charming and idyllic that you’ll imagine what your life ‘off the grid’ would be like.
Watching this trailer has left me with the same feelings of elation and awe that I walked out of my first viewing with. I trust that the incredible story and characters in Captain Fantastic will have you feeling the same.
Director: Matt Ross
Writer: Matt Ross
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn
Release Date: July 8