Captain Fantastic – Blog Review (30 Sept 16)
Captain Fantastic (2016) from Matt Ross & Viggo Mortensen for Bleecker Street, published on the SBB film blog 30th September 2016.
Excerpt: “It is remarkably non-confrontational given the weight of its subjects. Be prepared to delve into thorny issues such as mental illness, custody, abuse and moral objectivity – but also be ready to laugh! The extremes of Ben’s family come across more like a satirical cartoon than an idealised suggestion, allowing Ross to bring out the natural humour present in confusing culture-clashes where the ‘right’ answer doesn’t jump out at you.
A scene where Ben takes the family to his sister’s house for dinner & a sleepover manages to cover a huge range of tones & ideas, evolving through awkwardness, farce & uncertainty with consummate deftness – and very much bolstered by superbly nuanced performances from Steve Zahn & Kathryn Hahn, more commonly known for Adam Sandler movies & raunchy comedies, respectively.”
Read the full review on the SBB blog:
Director(s): Matt Ross
Writer(s): Matt Ross
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn