2016 #10 – Captain Fantastic (dir. Matt Ross)

“My face is mine, my hands are mine, my mouth is mine, but I’m not. I’m yours.” – Viggo Mortensen as Ben Cash in Captain Fantastic.

Captain Fantastic (2016)
Director:
Matt Ross
Starring: captainfantasticcast.png
Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks, Charlie Shotwell, Kathryn Hahn, Trin Miller, Steve Zahn, Erin Moriarty, Missi Pyle, Frank Langella, Ann Dowd
Written By: Matt Ross
Running Time: 118 minutes (1 hour, 58 minutes)
Genre(s): Comedy, Drama

Every once in awhile you come across a film where you see the trailer and you just say “no.” It doesn’t mean the film is good or bad, it just doesn’t look like a movie you will enjoy. Captain Fantastic is one of those films for me.

I mean, a film filled to the brim with annoying, precocious children while trying to get the audience to agree with the way Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) is raising them? No thank you.

Luckily, Captain Fantastic rises above my preconceived notions to a degree. Are the children precocious? Absolutely. But they are also really good actors for the most part and do a great job at conveying not only the pain they are experiencing due to the loss of their mother, but the love and loyalty they have towards one another.

And while the film starts off seeming to side with Ben (again, no thank you), once the kids are exposed to life beyond the woods, it begins to examine the other side of the coin and becomes an interesting examination of parenthood and what it entails.

Captain Fantastic is not a perfect film. The script is sometimes too clever for its own good and it falls into a lot of Sundance/indie cliches. However, it has an excellent ensemble (Viggo Mortensen is outstanding, the kids are all good to varying degrees and I liked Ann Dowd, Frank Langella and Kathryn Hahn in their small roles) and it is entertaining. 3/5.


2016 Personal Ballot (updates are in bold)

Best Picture
1.
Moonlight
2.
Hell or High Water
3.
Sing Street
4.
Loving
5.
The Jungle Book

Best Director
1.
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
2.
David Mackenzie – Hell or High Water
3.
Jon Favreau – The Jungle Book
4.
John Carney – Sing Street
5.
Jeff Nichols – Loving

Best Actor in a Leading Role
1. Joel Edgerton – Loving
2. Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
3. Chris Pine – Hell or High Water
4. Ferdia Walsh-Peelo – Sing Street
5.

Best Actress in a Leading Role
1. Ruth Negga – Loving
2. Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures
3. Emily Blunt – The Girl on the Train
4.
5.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1. André Holland – Moonlight
2.
Ashton Sanders – Moonlight
3.
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
4.
Ben Foster – Hell or High Water
5. Trevante Rhodes – Moonlight

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1. Janelle Monaé – Hidden Figures
2. Lucy Boynton – Sing Street
3. Naomie Harris – Moonlight
4. Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
5. Janelle Monaé – Moonlight

Best Original Screenplay
1. Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
2. Sing Street – Simon Carmody, John Carney
3.
4.
5.

Best Adapted Screenplay
1. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney
2.
Loving – Jeff Nichols
3. Hidden Figures – Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder
4. The Jungle Book – Justin Marks
5.

Best Film Ensemble
1. Moonlight – Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monaé, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali
2.
Hell or High Water – Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, Marin Ireland, Katy Mixon, Dale Dickey, Kevin Rankin, Katy Mixon, Margaret Bowman
3. Hidden Figures – Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monaé, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge
4. Sing Street – Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kelly Thornton, Don Wycherley, Ben Carolan, Mark McKenna, Percy Chamburuka, Conor Hamilton, Karl Rice, Ian Kenny
5. Captain Fantastic – Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks, Charlie Shotwell, Kathryn Hahn, Trin Miller, Steve Zahn, Erin Moriarty, Missi Pyle, Frank Langella, Ann Dowd

Best Original Score
1. Moonlight – Nicholas Britell
2.
Loving – David Wingo
3. The Jungle Book – John Debney
4. Hell or High Water – Nick Cave, Warren Ellis
5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – James Newton Howard

Best Original Song
1.
Sing Street – “Drive It Like You Stole It” by Gary Clark
2. Sing Street – “To Find You” by Gary Clark
3.
Sing Street – “Up” by John Carney, Gary Clark, Graham Henderson, Carl Papenfus, Ken Papenfus, Zamo Riffman
4.
Hidden Figures – “Runnin’” by Pharrell Williams
5.
Hidden Figures – “I See a Victory” by Kirk Franklin, Pharrell Williams

Best Production Design
1. Passengers – Guy Hendrix Dyas, Gene Serdena
2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Stuart Craig, James Hambidge, Anna Pinnock
3. Hidden Figures – Missy Parker, Wynn Thomas
4. Sing Street – Tamara Conboy, Alan MacDonald
5.

Best Cinematography
1. Moonlight – James Laxton
2. Hell or High Water – Giles Nuttgens
3.
4.
5.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
1. Sing Street – Barbara Conway, Sandra Kelly
2.
3.
4.
5.

Best Costume Design
1. Sing Street – Tiziana Corvisieri
2. Hidden Figures – Renée Ehrlich Kalfus
3. Captain Fantastic – Courtney Hoffman
4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Colleen Atwood
5. Loving – Erin Benach

Best Film Editing
1. Moonlight – Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders
2. Hell or High Water – Jake Roberts
3. The Jungle Book – Mark Livolsi
4. Sing Street – Andrew Marcus, Julian Ulrichs
5.

Best Visual Effects
1. The Jungle Book – Andrew R. Jones, Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Adam Valdez
2.
Passengers – Pete Dionne, Sebastien Gourdal, Erik Nordby
3.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Tim Burke, Pablo Grillo, Christian Manz, David Watkins
4. Hell or High Water – Jeremy Cox, Scott Hastings, Daniel Holt, Michael Prawitz
5.


2016 Ranked (updates are in bold)

1. Moonlight (dir. Barry Jenkins)
2.
Hell or High Water (dir. David Mackenzie)
3.
Sing Street (dir. John Carney)
4.
Loving (dir. Jeff Nichols)
5. The Jungle Book (dir. Jon Favreau)
6. Hidden Figures (dir. Theodore Melfi)
7. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (dir. David Yates)
8. Captain Fantastic (dir. Matt Ross)
9. Passengers (dir. Morten Tyldum)
10. The Girl on the Train (dir. Tate Taylor)

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