It may sound like a superhero movie and it may be opening in the heart of summer movie season — July 8 to be exact — but Captain Fantastic is anything but.
Instead, this movie is a family drama starring Viggo Mortensen as Ben Cash, a steadfast and strict father of six — though certainly that would qualify him as a superhero to many. Making its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, Captain Fantastic apparently lived up to its moniker, securing a spot at this month’s Cannes Film Festival (the only movie from the Park City, Utah fest to make it to the French Riviera this year).
In the movie, written and directed by Matt Ross (28 Hotel Rooms), Ben and his wife (Trin Miller) have chosen to raise their children off the grid in the Pacific Northwest, trying to keep them far from the influences of modern society and the consumerist culture that comes with it. Education, intellect, self-sufficiency, and survival are of high priority. Eventually, though, they have to face the outside world, where “Ben’s ideas of what it means to be a parent are challenged, and he must confront the price his children are paying for his dream,” according to the movie’s description.
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Life isn’t all rainbows and butterflies at the family’s secluded compound. Ben’s wife is ill and for three months has been in the hospital — a place Ben has been rather outspoken about to his children. In an EW exclusive clip, seen above, the children remind him of that as he prepares to leave his family’s isolated forest dwelling to go get answers about his wife’s condition and potential return home.
Captain Fantastic also stars Frank Langella, Steve Zahn, Kathryn Hahn, Ann Dowd, Missi Pyle, George MacKay, and more.