« Captain Fantastic » Review

“What we created here may be unique in all of human existence. We created a paradise.”

A family emerges from the woods. Ben lives here and he is raising his six children in a way that you have never thought about. He wants them to be smart, strong, capable and to have a critical point of view about society and living away from the influences of the modern world worked wonderfully in that way. During the day, the children spend their time hunting, running, climbing but also reading psycology books and playing music.

Unfortunately his wife, the mom of the children who was in a hospital far away for a few months died and her parents thinks that Ben is responsible. They forbid him to come to the funeral but the kids want to go and so begins the journey to the outside world.

On that road trip, their way of living comes into conflict with the “civilized society”. The children discover that they are very different from the average americans. They sometimes act in ways that make them look weird to others and it’s very unpleasant for them. They meet the family of Ben’s sister and a big conflict occurs among the parents regarding the dangers of the kids’ training and education. Ben’s family eventually wins it but it will not be the way all along the movie.

This movie does not make an apology for the education of Ben’s children. At the end, we can see all the good and the bad of this very extreme type of education and so we can have a clearer view about it. Even though it is a really good movie if you just want to watch it for fun, you can also draw conclusions about their way of living. To conclude the movie, the children sing a beautiful cover of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Gun’s N’ Roses that you should definitely listen to but be careful not to look at the video which can spoil the very end of the movie for you.

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