Captain Fantastic (film)

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Captain Fantastic
File:Captain Fantastic poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Matt Ross
Produced by
Written by Matt Ross
Starring
Music by Alex Somers
Cinematography Stéphane Fontaine
Edited by Joseph Krings
Production
company
  • ShivHans Pictures
  • Electric City Entertainment
Distributed by Bleecker Street
Release dates
Running time
118 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Captain Fantastic is a 2016 American drama film written and directed by Matt Ross and starring Viggo Mortensen as a man who attempts to reintegrate into society after living in isolation for a decade. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2016.[1] It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.[2][3] It is scheduled to be released on July 8, 2016, by Bleecker Street.[4]

Plot

Deep 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, beginning a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent.

Cast

Production

In February 2014, it was announced that Viggo Mortensen had joined the cast of the film portraying the role of an idealistic father.[5] It was also announced that Matt Ross would be directing the film from a screenplay he wrote with, Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof producing under the Electric City Entertainment banner.[5] In June 2014, it was announced that George MacKay, Annalise Basso, Samantha Isler, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks and newcomer Charlie Shotwell had all been cast in the film.[6] It was also announced that Shivani Rawat and Nimitt Mankad’s ShivHans Pictures has come aboard to finance the film with Monica Levinson executive producing.[6] In July 2014, Frank Langella joined the cast of the film.[7] In August 2014, it was announced that Steve Zahn, Kathryn Hahn, Missi Pyle and Erin Moriarty had all been cast in the film.[8]

Principal photography on the film commenced in July 2014, in Western Washington.[9]

Release

In July 2014, eOne Entertainment acquired international distribution rights to the film.[10] In August 2014, it was announced that Bleecker Street would distribute the film in the United States.[11] The film had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2016.[1][12] The film is scheduled to be released on July 8, 2016.[4] The film was aired in Un Certain Regard at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, with Matt Ross winning the Best Director prize.[13]

Reception

Captain Fantastic has received generally positive reviews from critics. It holds a 67% "Fresh" rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 9 reviews, with an average rating of 6.1/10.[14] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 67 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "Generally favorable reviews".[15]

Alonso Duralde of The Wrap gave the film a positive review, saying "The movie really belongs to Mortensen, who allows Ben to be exasperating, arrogant and impatient but also warm, loving and caring. He’s a tough but adoring father, a grieving widower and an angry defender of his wife’s final wishes, and Mortensen plays all these notes and more with subtlety and grace."[16] Peter Debruge of Variety gave the film a positive review, saying "Boasting half a dozen impressive youth performances alongside a leading role that takes full advantage of Mortensen’s own sensitive, back-to-nature spirit, “Captain Fantastic” easily ranks among the most polished and relatable of this year’s Sundance offerings."[17]

References

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  10. Nancy Tartaglione. "eOne Takes International On Captain Fantastic, Zahn, Hahn, Pyle, Moriarty Join Film | Deadline". deadline.com. Retrieved March 15, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. McClintock, Pamela (August 13, 2014). "Toronto: Former Focus Co-CEO Andrew Karpen Launches New Distribution Company". TheHollywoodReporter.com. Retrieved February 13, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  13. ‘Olli Mäki,’ ‘Captain Fantastic’ Win Big in Un Certain Regard at Cannes
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  16. Duralde, Alonso (January 24, 2016). "Captain Fantastic' Sundance Review: Viggo Mortensen Raises an Off-the-Grid Family in This Touching Dramedy". TheWrap.com. Retrieved February 13, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. Debrudge, Peter (January 23, 2016). "Sundance Film Review 'Captain Fantastic'". Variety.com. Retrieved February 13, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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