Captain Fantastic

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‚ÄčIt has always been our dream to buy a VW Campervan and drive off into the sunset. This is a film about a couple that forfil that dream on a bus named Steve. They have a large family and bring them up away from the trappings of the modern world and modern technology. They learn to hunt, climb and generally survive in the wild. They devour books as part of their learning and they all become extremely intelligent, with a great deal of knowledge.

The bubble bursts when they hear of their mothers death. She had struggled with Bi-Polar disorder all her life and finally succumbed by commiting suicide. The effect on the children is huge, made worse by the feud between their father and grandfather, their mothers father. He doesnt want their father at the funeral because he blames him for his daughters death.
This leads to a road trip to defy the Granfathers wishes and to make sure their mothers will and testament is carried out. The children who are extremely intelligent lack social skills. They have had very few interactions with the outside world. This is clearly portrayed in the scene where the oldest son Boudevan gets attention from a worldly and attractive girl. The result is a very funny, yet uncomfortable scene.

The father is very strong in his conviction that he has brought up his children in the right way. He battles to make his and his wife’s family understand, which is a fruitless task. By the end of the film we see the turmoil that experiencing modern life brings him and he soon questions the life they have led. There is lots of tears, anger and guilt, but it is clear that they have a strong family unit.

This is an extremely powerful film with plenty of emotion, humour, bereavement, anger, laughter and learning. It is the story of a man trying his best for the family and fighting convention, which in the most part makes for a very happy and rounded family. Viggo Mortenson plays the father in his best role to date. The emotion he brings to the film is brilliant and the scenes on his own are pure and really pull you in. Everyone plays their role brilliantly which makes this my favourite film of the year so far. 

I think we would all love to ditch our clothes and run off into the wild, but we also need other people. We learn a great deal from others, particularly how to  interract and socialise. We need a mix in life as well as a place to escape to.


9/10 

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Cafe Society

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This is a film directed by Woody Allen with a look at Jewish life in the golden age of cinema. It is a simple story of trying to push to be your best in what ever way you can. Jesse Eisenberg plays Bobby a young jewish man who sets off to Hollywood in order to gain fame and fortune. He has connections as his uncle Phil played by Steve Carell is a very powerful man in the film industry. Despite him being family he is hard to get hold of because of his busy schedule. Once contact is made Bobby starts off as his uncles erand boy doing little jobs which is a made up position just to help Bobby out. 

Uncle Phil arranges for a young woman to show him around. Vonnie played by Kristen Stewart has a lot of time on her hands and ends up seeing a lot of Bobby. Bobby soon falls in love, but sadly for him Vonnie is with another man, who turns out to be married. Vonnie is hoping this man will leave his wife, but sadly for her it is clear that this wont happen. Bobby is a shoulder to cry on and they soon become an item.

The glitz of Hollywood soon becomes boring and Bobby wants to return to his family in New York. They are a typical Jewish family and its a very loud place to live. Bobby’s brother is on the wrong side of the law, but makes enough money and gets rid of enough people to become a night club owner. Bobby runs the show and makes the project a success, attracting major stars, nobilty, politicians, business magnates and the filthy rich. Cafe Society is the place to be into the early hours of the morning. 

As soon as the golden age of cinema is mentioned then I am there. I love film from this period and see this time as a time that film was at its best and the stars so much more glamorous. The family scenes are extremely funny and made me laugh out loud at times. A line from Bobby’s mother in relation to his brothers murderous ways and his change to Christianity is very funny. “im not sure whats worse? him being a murderer or a Christian?” this made me laugh out loud.

The performances are very good indeed. I like Jesse Eisenberg in film although he tends to play the part exactly the same in each film he plays. His performance works well in this film. Kristen Stewart is good although she looks a little uncomfortable at times. The supporting cast make this a success and the Jewish family set up brings about the most laughs. Steve Carell is good as uncle Phil as he strugles with an important decision and juggling the busy film industry.

This is an entertaining romp which will make you laugh. The humour is subtle and centred around a Jewish family living in New York. There is love, heartbreak, murder and even a neighbour dispute. You will certainly be entertained.

7/10