“Viggo Mortensen gets the role he might well have been born to play, not as a superhero, but as a super-dad determined to raise his kids on his own in Captain Fantastic, which stars Mortensen as one of the screen’s all-time most progressive patriarchs—the surviving half of a counter-culture couple who decided to shrug off capitalism (they ignore Christmas, but celebrate “Noam Chomsky Day”), quit the big city and raise their family off the grid. But when Mom commits suicide, that puts a major twist in the fairy tale, which is precisely where director Matt Ross’ emotionally gripping family drama begins, evenhandedly weighing the pros and cons of its wildly unconventional parenting strategy, as the grieving father and his six kids cope with the idea of integrating back into polite society…. Captain Fantastic is an experience that feels as luminous and enriching as practically every widescreen frame of the film”—Peter DeBruge, Variety. R. 118 Min.
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