you need to watch: Captain Fantastic

Books, Movies, Review
:: director : Matt Ross :: released : July 29 2016 :: my rating: 5/5 :: rating: R :: genre: comedy, drama :: IMDb
hello my lovelies!
a free weekend + good tea + windy night compelled me to prop open my laptop and finally get around to watching a movie my co-worker had been raving about for some time. i was not disappointed. this movie seamlessly incorporated concepts of love, loyalty and innocence with hard topics of politics and religion while also providing critiques about current societal problems associated with child rearing.
whew. that was a mouthful. but so is this movie.

“let’s dig. Otherwise she has to lie under that bullshit forever.”

the power of words, actions, conformity and death were somehow rolled into one giant production that left me speechless and reaching for my mouse to hit the replay button. all spoilers have been identified in red, so lets delve in and get started 🙂

synopsis from IMDb:
In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.

my review:
beginning with a breathtaking shot of the forest in which the father, Ben, is currently raising his six children. we are exposed to their primitive ways that seems almost like a scene out of an adventure book we read when we were young. this misplaced scene is contrasted by the teamwork, love and drive each of these characters have and their distinct personality begins to show within the first five minutes of the movie.
this movie combines stunning scenery and diverse characters to keep the viewer engaged while teaching important life lessons. we are also given various critiques on the current state of society.

here are 10 truths garnered from this movie
  1. children can handle the truth
  2. and sometimes the truth is what everyone needs more of
  3. structure/routine is important. standards are not
  4. mental health is as important as physical health and neither should ever be neglected
  5. death should be celebrated, not mourned
  6. find your roots, learn your identity, remember your past
  7. books can’t teach you everything
  8. actions, not words define us
  9. don’t follow the norm. question everything. create your own beliefs
  10. sometimes you have to break the rules. and that’s ok

spotlighting this unique way of living highlighted elements of today’s society that we have grown accustomed to but may not be the best option. by returning to the basics, reconnecting with nature, a higher level of understanding and ability can be obtained. contrary to popular belief, this movie demonstrated how living with only the basics does not mean less intelligence of competence. rather, returning to our primitive ways can allow for a higher level of understanding.

5 quotes to compel you to watch
  1. Father:”We can’t go to mommy’s funeral. We have to do what we’re told. Some fights, you can’t win. The powerful control the lives of the powerless. That’s the way the world works. It’s unjust and it’s unfair. But that’s just too damn bad. We have to shut up and accept it.
    [now turning around in his seat]
    Father: Well, fuck that!
  2. If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world.
  3. We’re defined by our actions, not our words.
  4. It’s a beautiful mistake. But a mistake.
  5. Live each day like it could be your last. Drink it in. Be adventurous, be bold, but savor it. It goes fast.

Have you watched or heard of this movie? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, do you think you will watch it in the future? Let me know in the comments below!


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