Captain Fantastic: Better Off Dead, by Josh Long

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6 Responses

  1. FictionIsntReal says:

    I find it hard to believe that a filmmaker would put a framed picture of Pol Pot in a film and not expect the audience to regard even sympathetic characters as too extreme. I would have also expected the groupthink of the supposed non-conformists to be an intended takeaway, since that ironic combination has been popularly noted for decades.

  2. PhotographsLie says:

    Interesting review. I haven’t seen the movie, yet, obviously, but I’ll be interested in whether the film’s portrayal of the development of a counterculture is authentic.

  3. Laurens Amsterdam says:

    This review reads as a personal fear of the portrayed alternative way of life, and mistakenly assumes the subjects point of view is the same as the filmmakers. I think this is a wonderfully subtle film that’s nowhere as extreme as the viewpoints of the subjects.

    At no point in the movie did I not feel invited to have my own opinion on Viggo Mortensens way of raising a family. I especially disagree that these people are portrayed as better than anyone else. I laughed out loud at most of the extreme viewpoints, from the ‘unique’ names to the naive critique of capitalism. Ultimately, these elite athletes need the same hospital as everyone else, which would not exist in a self sustainable forest village.

    Of course, the film takes a point of view: the way the kids get back to Viggo is problematic in my opinion, but ultimately the film argues a moderate viewpoint, in which the extremism of Viggo Mortensen is condemned, much more so than ‘evil mainstream America’. Too bad this reviewer takes it all as a personal attack on everything ‘normal’.

  4. paul clinton joy says:

    Josh Long, everything you said is BS, you don’t get the film. The kids are very happy most of the time. But of course if you’re enjoyment is playing xbox with a bigmac on a comfy sofa, then you won’t understand. the kids have their own minds and ideas…watch the film, again and see it. I recommend that you go camping now and again, with a tent, or just a blanket and a guitar, watch the stars and listen to the waterfall (preferably with kids, the one’s that are not addicted to video games and iphones)

  5. paul joy says:

    one fault is that I wouldve liked to have seen their mum at the beginning at least for 2 mins… not just a photo. The father actually admits he was wrong, so the message is quite a dilema. Religious people may not like this film

  6. Soraia says:

    but the movie is about the extremes and that none are good, not even the “utopia” that is clearly not perfect in the movie. One of the kids feels unseen by his dad and is rebelling, another feels completely unprepared to talk to people outside if his family (as shown right in the beginning with the scene at the convenience store … the movie itself has scenes where the eldest son screams at his dad “If it’s not in a book, I know nothing about it” or something in those lines. It’s about finding middle ground. Plus, Ben leaving the children with their grandparents is not at all not explained, unless if you have such a disgust for alternative lifestyles that you’re not paying attention anymore, which is what this review is sounding like. He left the kids with the grandparents because he realized that what he was doing was putting them in danger. Which he realized btw when one of his daughters almost died. And by the end of the movie they moved out of the forest, the kids are going to school and are socialized. The message is that society is sick, but withdrawing from it is not the solution. Reading this just review feels like I’m reading the opinion of someone that went into it very closed-mindedly.

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