Captain Fantastic

I hated going out into a storm.  On my way home from work, I stopped for a hamburger, and they had the Warriors game on their television.  It was just before the end of the second quarter, and the score was close.  I sat down to watch “Captain Fantastic,” which had nothing to do with Elton John.  Viggo Mortensen was Ben, the father of six children, and they live in a forest.  He controls their lives, and they read by campfire, exercise like Marines, and climb mountains.  The death of their mother forces from to come out of the forest, and it leads to a clash with Ben’s father-in-law, played by Frank Langella.  This movie made me think of the people I know who were home schooled and never went to high school.  Ben does make a point about the mediocrity of traditional education.  These kids definitely have strong personalities, even though it’s questionable that they will be able to cope with life.  The question is what Ben plans on doing when they grow up.  Were they supposed to just stay with him in the forest killing deer?  There is the next generation to think of.  What was supposed to come of the girls?  Some of the scenes are quite funny, such as the visit to the supermarket, and the cousins playing video games.  I thought the children actors were quite good, which was a key to making this movie so effective.  I enjoyed this movie more than such critics’ favorites as “La La Land,” “Moonlight,” and “Manchester by the Sea.”  Ben had part of Robert Duvall’s character in “The Great Santini” in him, and maybe he was a bit like a Survivor contestant, too.  When you’re molding your children the way he was, so strongly, they will also be a product of your flaws.  There is a bit of suspense in the story, with two of the children starting to rebel against Ben.  They go on a mission at the end that reminded me of what happen to Gram Parsons after he died.  I was reminded of changing times and the differences of generations at the end when the family sings “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” which was the mother’s favorite song.  The kids can not only hunt for their food, but also perform rock songs.  They even travel around in a bus, like the Partridge Family.  This is a movie that I would like to see again, and I think it will stay with people for a long time.  It gives you a lot to think about, like what kind of parent you are, and what you’re going to do with the rest of your life.  Viggo Mortensen gave a great performance.  He was fascinating all the way through the film.  Missi Pyle was also in the cast.  I would recommend the movie to almost everyone.  It is rated R.  I went to sleep and awoke at about 1:30.  I watched an episode of Family Feud with the casts of Petticoat Junction and The Brady Bunch.  Christopher Knight was not the best player.  It was sad to think that both Robert Reed and Florence Henderson have died.  Maureen McCormick gave the answer that bananas went well with peanut butter, and that led to the Brady Bunch’s defeat.  I watched the beginning of “Nanny and the Professor” and wondered who wrote and sang the theme song.  It gave a view of the relationship of the relationship between Nanny and the professor that seemed like it was saying too much.  Some of the people who died on January 20 include Alan Freed (1965), Johnny Weissmuller (1984), Barbara Stanwyck (1990), Audrey Hepburn (1993), Carrie Hamilton (2002), Al Hirschfeld (2003), Reynolds Price (2011), and Etta James (2012).  Today is a birthday for Rainn Wilson (51), Bill Maher (61), Paul Stanley (65), and Buzz Aldrin (87).

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