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Dome Pondering Movie Review: Captain Fantastic (2016)

What is it about? 

A father who raised his kids in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, is forced to enter the real world, and is challenged by specific values he holds dearly. 

Who is in it? 

Viggo Mortenson - Ben

George McKay - Bo

Samantha Wisler - Kielyr


Favorite Scene: 

After being questioned about the schooling of his kids, Ben challenges his nephews to their thoughts on the Bill of Rights, then has his seven year old show them up with her thoughts. 

Favorite Quote: 

"We're defined by our actions, not our words." 

Review: 

Captain Fantastic is well, fantastic. Sorry, had to use that line. Regardless, the film really is fantastic. The plot is an interesting one, but what makes the film so special is its ability ot force you to think about the values in life and in culture - especially in education and the way we raised our children. 

The focus on critical thinking and truth is a key concept that is raised, and how we beleive the way we are structured in society is vehemently the best possible way for all involved. Captain Fantastic raises that question, while also bringing up the idea of finding the right balance between critical thinking and real world exploration. 

Viggo Mortenson is super authentic, and what makes the film gold is the role the children play. 

All in all, definitely give this film a watch as it's surely worth the watch. 

Grade: 4/5

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