Captain Fantastic is an endearing, quirky, and charming little gem of a film. Starring Viggo Mortensen as a father of six, the film follows the family as they have to adjust to city life after their mother dies. See, they’ve lived in the wilderness their entire lives, and don’t have formal educations or social skills. As they acclimate to their surroundings, you’re taken along a humorous, charming, and sometimes sad journey.
The acting is great, with Viggo Mortensen protraying a gruff, yet loving, father. The kids shine in particular, though. Each feels like their own person and has their own eccentricities and personalities. Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn, and Steve Zahn round out a fantastic (no pun intended) cast.
This isn’t a perfect film, by any means. Sometimes it felt like the story abruptly jumped to a different event, and there were a few laughs that fell flat for me. This is definitely worth a watch, though. An original story with an incredible cast that manages to tug at your heartstrings, this is a worthy journey to undertake.
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