The BRWC Review: Captain Fantastic

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Dir. Matt Ross

One of those original stories that make a new window to see life through.

Captain Fantastic is weird and awesome, and Viggo Mortensen is a perfect fit for the lead of Ben Cash, a man educating and training his six children to live off the land in the Washington wilderness.

When their mother Leslie passes away from suicide, the kids all openly cry together in anguish – toxic masculinity has no place in this hippie household – and demand to honour her at her funeral. There’s a problem – Leslie’s father hates Ben and threatens him with arrest if he shows up to the funeral.

The family have rebelled against capitalism, Christmas and consumerism – why stop at a pesky father in law? The family piles in to their bus and sets off on a road trip to say goodbye to their mother.

This movie is touching and bittersweet. The kids discover the wonders and beauties of real life (including a first kiss) but at the same time come to terms with life without their mother. They rebel against their father but are also terrified of losing him as well. The soulful soundtrack accompanies this semi-road movie, uplifting and hopeful as they literally and figuratively traverse new terrain.

This movie is a must-see for the great, original story and the acting – impressive on all fronts from Mortensen to the six children (George MacKay is basically a man but he has to grow in to it in this film!) Watch this movie for inspiration on carving your own path, showing your love bravely and fighting against the odds.

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Lauren Turner is an Australian media specialist and keen cinephile. She loves Robert Eggers and can be found at her local offbeat cinema in Melbourne.



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