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Captain Fantastic (2016)

Captain Fantastic (2016)

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.

How do you explain this movie? The essence of it? The journey of a wild family back to the civilized world, even though they're more civilized than the world they're journeying into?

It's fantastic. The sights. The scenes. The characters. Captain Fantastic: the casual kind of superhero. The dad. The family. The faith. All of it.

The dad plays the lead role, but the smallest ones in the group add the comedy, the older ones the trouble; the girls the beauty. Their encounters are as educational as they are entertaining., and though it feels like a spontaneous tale it spreads a message. Little bits of knowledge. It brings up the aspect of family in the modern world, and of learning, and grows somber as it goes along. We ride the wave. It's a personal story as well as a pathway to finding a new place. Could we all live... like this?

I leave the screen feeling like this is how we should live, and yet I'm sitting here watching a movie, and these guys are eating breakfast, in silence, with the sun shining through the window, and they're more in tune with the world than I've been even on the sunniest of summers.

It's no vacation, it's just freedom, and the comedy's intertwined with desperation and sadness, and realization, and conformity, but then... they find a balance. They go back to their roots, just not all the way.

Viggo Mortensen and his kid actors are all fantastic. With a debut like this they're bound to go far, and though this was just a movie I wonder if it changed them. Did they grow with these characters? The characters grew on me, and I couldn't have chosen a better ending, but it was the journey that really mattered. You only get as far as you go.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

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