“Captain Fantastic” stars Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, George MacKay, Kathryn Hahn, and Steve Zahn. Released on July 8, 2016, the film is about an isolated family who goes on a road trip to the outside world to attend their mother’s funeral.
The film is directed by Matt Ross, who also directed 28 Hotel Rooms. I have seen and reviewed plenty of action-packed blockbusters throughout the summer, so seeing this film is a nice change of pace. I really haven’t heard anything about it until I saw the poster for the first time. All I know is that it looks like a road trip movie, and I’m always in a mood for a road trip movie. So with that said, is this film worth seeing?
Impressive performances, including Mortensen as Ben.
Thought-provoking themes, such as family and coping with loss, fit well with its road trip formula.
The ending nearly tugged my heart strings.
The score was pleasant.
Took a while for the plot to hook me up.
A bit too long.
Final thoughts: In the midst of the summer blockbuster season, “Captain Fantastic” is an odd, heart-warming breather that manages to get better as it went on. Thanks to some likable characters, great performances, and its usual, yet sometimes emotional, story-telling, it is one of the most remarkable films I’ve seen this year. If it’s playing at a theater near you or you’re just looking for a summer film without any aliens, ghosts, or even some CGI apes, it’s worth checking out.