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FILM REVIEW: “Captain Fantastic” saves the day

Viggo Mortensen stars as a devoted dad raising his kids off the grid in the Pacific Northwest in this funny, poignant film

Sometimes casting the most obvious actor for a role can feel lazy and uninspired. Looking for a kooky, awkwardly charming young modern woman? Please look further than Greta Gerwig. And find someone other than Tom Hanks to play the next humbly heroic middle-aged American white guy.

But once in a while the perfect choice is the one that comes to mind right away. The lead character in “Captain Fantastic” is a modern-day hippie dad, raising his brood off the grid in the Pacific Northwest. He can teach you the work of Noam Chomsky and how to skin a deer. He’s a wilderness warrior with a full heart and an uncompromising soul, kind of a 21st century version of Aragorn from “The Lord of the Rings.” And Viggo Mortensen’s really the only guy to play him.


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