I have wanted to see this film since it showed at Cannes and made a pretty big splash. I ended up getting to volunteer to see it at the local theater, and I ended up liking it a lot.
The story is one of the most interesting of the year. It has an amazing balance of funny, sad, and heartwarming moments. The story really hooked me in the beginning, and had me into it through the end. The ending feels random, likely because it skips a lot of time and changes the principles set out in the beginning of the film, but it seems to be placed as to please mainstream audiences. The characters are well-written and develop throughout the film. None of the characters are one-dimensional, and all of them have very realistic personalities.
The acting in the film is extremely impressive. Viggo Mortensen is phenomenal, delivering the most realistic emotion that I have seen him deliver since "The Lord of the Rings". George McKay delivers the same level of emotion as Mortensen, and is just as believable in the role. The child actors are also extremely impressive, giving a natural feel to their performances. Steve Zahn and Kathryn Hahn give funny supporting performances.
The cinematography of the film is great. It has countless beautiful shots of the landscapes, and even tells its story through its camera work and metaphors. The music choices were also great. The score establishes the mood of the film well, and the film includes a riveting cover of "Sweet Child O' Mine" that provides for one of the most touching moments in the film.
So overall, I loved "Captain Fantastic". It was a great movie with great acting and great writing. Some people might not care for the dark humor and some people may be slightly offended, but I really liked the film.
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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