R rated

This movie is not what it seems. From the silly suit Viggo Mortensen is seen wearing in the trailers and posters for the film and even the title of “Captain Fantastic” you may think you are either going to a comedy or an action adventure. “Captain Fantastic” is really neither. It is an excellent drama

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave their self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he’s taught his children.

The movie stars Mortensen as Bo and his children are George MacKay as Bo, Nicholas Hamilton is Rellian, Samantha Isler is Kielyr, Annalise Basso is Vespyr, Shree Crooks performs as Zaja, and Charlie Shotwell is Nai. Academy Award nominee Frank Langella is Bo’s wealthy father-in-law, Jack, who wants to take custody of the children.

The cinematography is wonderful. There are beautiful shots of America as the family winds its way from the Pacific Northwest to New Mexico.

Written and directed by Matt Ross, this is only the second full-length film that Ross has written and directed. He also wrote and directed “28 Hotel Rooms.”

Parenting is never easy but when you take your kids to the forest primeval and forget to teach them about social interaction, you and they will have an uneasy time when they try to assimilate into society.

In some ways, I think this movie is an analogy of the American society, today. Even though parents today are not taking their children into the wilds and isolating them from society, many of them are not teaching their children how to get along in society by teaching their children manners and the social graces. Too many parents are letting their children grow up without supervision. Therefore, many kids are growing up “heathens” and will be an anathema to others in our ever crowding society.