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Youth Review: Captain Fantastic

16 September 2016
Captain Fantastic is the new film by director Matt Ross. The film follows a family living in the wild. In the opening scene we see the eldest son Bo (George MacKay) hunting and killing a deer which is part of his transformation into becoming a man. This scene introduces us to the stereotype, covered in mud and blood. We are soon to discover there is much more to the family than meets the eye. 

This film was a big hit with our reviewers and it provoked discussion around conformity and made them question humanity. They could see the benefits of the wild home-schooling and truthful approach the father (Viggo Mortensen) has with his children. They could also see how being a part of society was just as integral for life lessons. 

The characters are unique and quirky and provide humour in several scenes. As well as this it is incredibly moving as you see the whole family reacting to and dealing with the death of a loved one. 

A must see film, which will have you laughing and crying. 

4/5 
 
QUAD’s Youth Review is a group of 16-25 year olds who are passionate about film and culture. If you’re interested in reviewing film, music, theatre and art, both at QUAD and across the city, then get in touch at: youthreview@derbyquad.co.uk and come join us.  Meetings take place every few weeks and are free!