Trailer, About, About Captain Fantastic, Cast & Crew, Critic Reviews
Captain Fantastic is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Matt Ross and starring Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn, and Steve Zahn. The story centers on a family forced by circumstances to reintegrate into society after living in isolation for a decade.
The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2016. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. It was theatrically released on July 8, 2016, by Bleecker Street. It was chosen by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten independent films of 2016 and Mortensen was nominated for the Golden Globe, the BAFTA Award, and the Academy Award for Best Actor.
About Captain Fantastic:
Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen), his wife Leslie and their six children live deep in the wilderness of Washington state. Isolated from society, Ben and Leslie devote their existence to raising their kids — educating them to think critically, training them to be physically fit and athletic, guiding them in the wild without technology and demonstrating the beauty of co-existing with nature. When Leslie dies suddenly, Ben must take his sheltered offspring into the outside world for the first time.
- Rating: R (Language| Brief Graphic Nudity)
- Genre: Comedy, Drama
- Original Language: English
- Director: Matt Ross
- Producer: Lynette Howell Taylor, Jamie Patricof, Shivani Rawat, Monica Levinson
- Writer: Matt Ross
- Release Date (Theaters): Jul 8, 2016 Limited
- Release Date (Streaming): Oct 25, 2016
- Box Office (Gross USA): $5.9M
- Runtime: 1h 59m
- Distributor: Bleecker Street Media
- Production Co: Electric City Entertainment
Cast & Crew:
While the spirit of the movie is admirable, the constant tirades by the Cash family against typical society grow repetitive and lose their impact as a result, even as a device to show the difficulties in processing grief.
December 8, 2017, | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…
Fantastic, indeed. December 28, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
There are many tonal plates being spun here; the lack of a deafening crash is impressive. It comes down, you suspect, to the film’s embrace of its own contradictions.
December 28, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
[It] shines as a sort of wish-fulfillment fantasy for a certain outdoors-oriented mind set, which almost makes up for its over-the-top moments and underwritten characters.
November 21, 2016, | Full Review…
This is really a movie for upper-middle class hipsters who once fancied themselves firebrands and status quo-challengers in college, but now consider only buying organic food at Whole Foods and not vaccinating their kids to be radical acts.
September 12,2016 | Full Review…
He may not be a superhero, but in terms of imagination, this captain really can fly.
September 11, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Matt Ross’s story of this off-the-grid family clashing with the outside world naturally has its funny moments. But it’s also a film filled with genuine feeling.
August 19, 2022 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
Captain Fantastic can provide much fodder for reflection and conversation.
August 27, 2021 | Full Review…