Movie Review: Captain Fantastic

I haven’t really done any movie reviews on this site but since I’m such a movie buff, I think I’m going to start. Plus, I set up this Amazon associate thingamajig so I can actually make a small percentage if anyone happens to buy the movie from this link provided. I should have set this up a long time ago since I’m always talking about movies and TV shows anyway.

So I’m realizing I’m becoming more and more of a homebody as I get older. I love nothing more than to hang out with my wife and kids and watch movies on the weekends. You know I’m always talking about watching scary movies with my family. My daughters are the horror movie buffs and my sons are all about action. These boys sit and watch “Nerf War” YouTube videos for hours. It’s rare that we sit down and watch a family movie where there’s no blood and guts. I swear I’m not a horrible parent though, lol.

Yesterday, I wanted to try this movie I remembered seeing the trailer for recently. It’s Captain Fantastic with Viggo Mortensen. This one’s not horror, don’t worry.

Anyway, with all the political hubbub going on and with all the violence and scary clowns and shit I see everyday on the news, I’ve often said that I wish I could just pack up my family and go off-grid. That’s exactly what this mother and father do in this movie. The movie starts with the mom in the hospital and the father is raising his six kids on his own in the wilderness until she can rejoin them.

What’s amazing about this film is the relationship this dad has with his kids. They stand up for each other and truly put family first. In one scene (kind of a spoiler but not for anything important), the family bus (nicknamed Steve) gets pulled over by a cop for having a taillight out. The dad tells the kids, “Alright, we’ve practiced this.” As the cop comes aboard and starts questioning why the kids aren’t in school, the oldest son goes into this religious act where he starts singing and telling the cop to come to the Lord. The other kids join in until the cop becomes uncomfortable enough to hightail it off the bus and leave them alone.

I love how the dad in this movie is so honest with his kids. One of the young kids asks about sex and the dad breaks it down quite bluntly.

At one point in the movie, they go into the city to see family and we get to see how everyone challenges their way of life, especially the way the father is raising the kids. What’s so great is he’s actually teaching them better than the schools would. He teaches them how to hunt, how to defend themselves, they play musical instruments, spend their evenings reading, and the youngest kid (I believe 8 years old) is able to recite the bill of rights.

Anyway, It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a “feel good” movie that actually made me feel good. I think this will be one of my favorites to watch with the kids. I’d put it up there with The Way Way Back which is another great family movie.

As I went to look up the trailer I realized this is rated “R.” There is one scene with Viggo Mortesen completely naked, dick swinging, but it’s a comical scene, not sexual. He’s basically standing outside his trailer naked where he tells an older couple walking by that it’s just a penis and all men have one. I did make my kids turn away but it wasn’t anything THAT bad.

So if you’re someone who often buys movies, click that link above and get it through there so I make a little something off it. You could be my first commission payment!  

Here’s the trailer:

3 comments to Movie Review: Captain Fantastic

  • Rachelle  says:

    I will have to check this out when I get out of the hospital

  • Chris Genovese  says:

    I think you’ll like it.

  • Donna  says:

    I will have to check this one out! Sounds interesting.
    Thanks Chris!

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