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The Tramp's avatar

The Tramp

Power to the people, stick it to the man.
2 years 6 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


Captain Fantastic stars Viggo Mortensen as a survivalist raising his kids outside the system, at least until their mother's death forces him to bring them into the so-called "real world", where he is made to question his decisions. The twist is that we've come to think of survivalists as extreme Right, probably religious gun nuts. This family is on the extreme Left, super-hippies who have abandoned our consumer society. The film does a good job of making us question whether it's good or bad to live outside the system, especially in terms of education, and just how much of home schooling includes indoctrination (and indeed whether the public or private school systems do too), but it's also a touching story about a father doing what he thinks is best for his children. Parents could do worse than to watch this with an open mind and contrast their own styles to "Captain Fantastic"'s.
2 years 3 months ago
Ven's avatar


It's been so long since i enjoyed a movie like this. It had both meaning and enjoyable moments. Acting was incredible too.
2 years 6 months ago
airi86ja's avatar


More than amazingly nice and sensitive as well as music: perfect indeed!
2 years 6 months ago
cellophane_eyes's avatar


Great cover of "sweet child of mine"
2 years ago
Lisa1492's avatar


what a blessing
2 years 6 months ago
sunanoonna's avatar


Captain Fantastic ends up being too corny in its venture to be quirky.

1 year 2 months ago
fonz's avatar


Like most near-great films, the first two acts are quite literally fantastic. But the last third is less so. I found my self agreeing and very much being inspired by everything in the first hundred minutes, even a little envious that I have yet to even encounter such progressive philosopher kings in my journey. But then when it came to for the ideas to be applied and examined, the patriarch crumbled and retreated under the pressure. It was a major let down after taking the time to establish the idyllic tribe. Perhaps that was the point, to show that such a life-style is good on paper but impractical in its execution, but it seemed to follow a familiar formula and established tropes. The audience seemed to agree as I heard a lot of sniffling through the first half (could have been allergies) which were mostly silenced in the back half.

One thing is for sure, if you do not have an emotional reaction (either laughter or crying), you are probably one of the capitalist, fascist obese Christian pigs that this movie lampoons.
2 years 10 months ago
BigDaddy616's avatar


Overrated. Vigo is great, though.
1 year 3 months ago
zombierobo's avatar


Was looking for a movie similar to Little Miss Sunshine for so long. THIS is it!!!!!
1 year 7 months ago
palefire's avatar


Thoreau's Walden is very much an influence here. Impressive display of survivalism/self-education, but with many possibility intended hypocritical moments: spoiler. Enjoyed the Sigur Ros soundtrack.
2 years 1 month ago
moldypoldy's avatar


a few thoughts:

I waited for the whole family to catch measles because vaccines are a part of the fascist, capitalist pharmaceutical industry.

Nothing screams pseudo-intellectualism more than having his kid misinterpret the Citizens United case to prove she's smart.

I honestly wonder if the movie was delving into self-satire when the family sang mom's favorite song "Sweet Child of Mine" by Guns N Roses, one of the faces of the hair metal scene in LA that embodied excess and everything Ben preaches against.

It feels like Ben was raising his kids to grow up to make nonsensical twitter and reddit rants. He's initially angry at his son's decision to attend college and leave the family echo-chamber, until he learns his wife submitted the applications. All signs point to the mom wanting to take her children out of this lifestyle, yet Ben (and the movie as a whole) brushes that aside with a "we made this decision together."

Very cringey movie, but it makes you think so I guess it was effective.

Acting was incredible, Viggo should get nominated. Emotional ending - you never want to see a guy lose his kids. This movie will be hailed as a classic by Northern California when it hits Netflix.
2 years 9 months ago
der Zorn Gottes's avatar

der Zorn Gottes

The first part of this movie is pretty much how I always imagined Viggo would lead his life, just replace the kids with a multitude of lovers of all colors and genders (mostly men), not all focusing on carnal joys, some also well versed in challenging with Viggos rigorous intellectual needs.

But on a more serious note, when will they round up all the child actors and throw them into a bottomless pit? I hope soon cause there was a whole bunch in this movie just aching for the pit.

On the most serious note now, the movie wasn't bad, but it felt a bit too convenient to be taken seriously, I mean, it even went as far as to claim that someones favorite song is Sweet Child O' Mine, ohohohohoho. Flaccid Viggo is always a joy though.
2 years 6 months ago
devilsadvocado's avatar


Over-the-top and ham-handed. What occurs when an overly stimulated intellect is unable to resist the urge of touching itself.
2 years 6 months ago
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