THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC (2016)










Wow this movie countdown is picking up steam - #92 is the about-to-be-released Captain Fantastic. Viggo Mortensen is a father way off the grid who is raising his children (ranging from preteen to almost college age, and these kid actors are marvelous) in the wild, teaching them survival skills, training them in extreme physical fitness and home schooling them to the extent that they are amazingly knowledgable about stuff in books. Maybe not so much about the stuff not in bo...oks. Anyway, a tragedy strikes that forces the whole gang to climb aboard their school bus (named Steve) and head to the outside world for a bit. Their grandfather on their mother's side (Frank Langella) does not approve of their lifestyle and says its child abuse to train them and isolate them (one younger child breaks his hand while climbing the face of the mountain). He's not exactly wrong which really puts the viewer in a difficult position. What are we rooting for here. Mortensen has never been better as the dad who truly believes he is raising his children to be truly superior human beings. And maybe he is. The ending is a bit rushed and I am not altogether comfortable with it. Despite that, Captain Fantastic is a thoroughly enjoyable film that makes you think and maybe even disagree with its philosophy. You decide.

SHOULD TLA SEE THIS? Yes, especially for the alarmingly long camera shot of Viggo's full frontal nudity (which is quite an amusing scene).