Everyone loves watching movies. One of the best ways to watch movies in 2017 is with iTunes. One of the best features on iTunes is the ability to rent a movie for 99 cents. Every week Apple puts ONE movie up for grabs that can be rented for 99 cents. That’s cheaper than a Redbox movie and you don’t even need to get out of bed. A few weeks ago I decided to rent the movie that was Apple’s “Movie of the Week,” and rented Captain Fantastic for 99 cents.
Of course, it took me over three weeks to finally get around to watching the film. My roommates were up late having a small party in the living room, so I knew I wouldn’t be getting to sleep anytime soon. “Cue that movie I never watched.” Thankfully I finally got around to watching it, because it expired after another 48 hours. (Remember that when you a rent a movie through iTunes it’s going to expire after a few weeks). Fortunately, I really enjoyed Captain Fantastic and would highly recommend it.
Captain Fantastic: Fantastic, Indeed
Definitely for Mature Audiences
One thing to note right off the bat is that this film is not for young children. Viggo Mortensen, who stars as the father of the children, believes that he should not hold back by “lying” to his kids. About anything. He goes into details about just about anything with his kids, and the graphic depiction of sex and other topics probably isn’t what someone wants their 8-year old to be hearing.
The entire plot of the film is also quite intense, with the mother committing suicide (although it’s not shown). It leads to some heavily emotional outbursts from some of the kids and an overall intense film altogether.
On that note, part of what makes Captain Fantastic so gripping is how emotional the film is. From the very beginning, the audience is invited into the family’s joys, sorrows, and even their embarrassment. It would be an incredibly sad film if it didn’t also include so many moments of the family laughing, or the heartwarming moment where they all sang around the fire near the beginning.
One of the more intriguing aspects of the film is the parenting style that the father has decided to use for his children. They range in age from about 7-18, and are all incredibly bright and in very good shape physically. The father has raised them in the wilderness, as shown by the opening scene where the oldest son kills a deer with a knife.
The father (and the mother before she passed) has taught the kids to read through a curriculum of reading books, and kept them in shape by doing yoga and going on runs. The family isn’t perfect, but they have the kind of camaraderie that is rare to find in a family these days.
A Happy Ending
After watching for a while on, one might wonder whether or not the film is every going to improve. That’s because of all the emotional high’s and low’s that take place. Once one of the daughters injures herself by falling off a roof, it seems like the kids will certainly get taken by the grandparents, and the audience can’t help but weep along with the father as he is driving away alone.
But fear not, there is a happy ending at the end of this film. Overall, although this is an intense film that should only be seen by mature audiences, there are a lot of great parts in it that a lot of people will be able to relate to and learn from.
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