Imagine packing up and moving your family to the forest for years of intense intellectual and physical education, far away from the influences of society. Then, imagine being forced out of the safe bubble you’ve created, and made to face the harsh realities of the real world. That’s just the challenge Viggo Mortensen’s character faces in Matt Ross’ unusual but intriguing new film Captain Fantastic.
This is certainly a different step for Mortensen, who audiences are used to seeing diving hard into physical performances like in Eastern Promises. However, based on the rave reviews Mortensen earned after Sundance earlier this year, the role is a welcome change.
Captain Fantastic also stars the terrific Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn and Frank Langella, and will be released in US cinemas on July 8.