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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo


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After what seems – for us - to have been an almost endless wait, Captain Fantastic has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to mainly positive and, in some cases, extremely enthusiastic reviews. Viggo's performance has been highly praised. Indeed, he seems to have been perfectly cast as the dad who goes that one step further in extreme off-the-grid parenting. Here is a round-up of the best of them for those of you who might have missed things in all the flurry of excitement.




Viggo Mortensen gets the role he may well have been born to play, not as a superhero, but as a super-dad determined to raise his kids on his own terms.... The inspired choice of casting Mortensen — a natural Papa Bear, who taps into both his physical strength and spiritual gentleness — shows through best when interacting with the kids, though the actor also shines when forced to defend his choices to others.

Peter Debruge
Variety
23 January 2016




This is the film I've been waiting for. And I don't just mean it's the film I was waiting for at Sundance, but perhaps this is the film I was waiting to come across in my life. Matt Ross' Captain Fantastic is one of the most inspiring, invigorating, and intelligent films I've ever seen at Sundance.... Every last scene and every moment is handled with care. It's often overtly hilarious because Mortensen speaks so honestly, he always tells his kids the real answers to their questions, never filtering anything. It made me smile more and more every time it happened.

Alex Billington
Firstshowing.net
23 January 2016




From the first frame Mortensen completely owns the role of poet meets MacGyver, his movie star face a bit softer and grizzlier.

Matt Donnelly
The Wrap
23 January 2016




The movie really belongs to Mortensen, who allows Ben to be exasperating, arrogant and impatient but also warm, loving and caring. He's a tough but adoring father, a grieving widower and an angry defender of his wife's final wishes, and Mortensen plays all these notes and more with subtlety and grace.

Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
24 January 2016




Captain Fantastic is charmingly eccentric and sweet and funny — and Mortensen is terrific (no huge surprise there).

Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
24 January 2016




A common trope at Sundance is the star-led indie, painted top-to-toe with eccentricities that are meant to represent/replace both story and character development. Relatively straightforward narratives that stand out thanks to shock-and-awe details that usually fade not too long after the well-regarded premiere.

Captain Fantastic, written and directed by Matt Ross (28 Hotel Rooms), threatens to reinforce the expectation, before rising above and standing on its own. Much of the credit goes to Viggo Mortensen, who remains a singularly dominant on-screen presence, in a role here that feels deigned by the movie gods.

Dan Mecca
The Film Stage
24 January 2016




And then there's Mortensen whose warmth makes Ben one of the most admirable movie dads, a strong leader with a loving and playful heart. Just as Ben provides the foundation for his kids to thrive on, Mortensen brings the film from good to excellent. Captain Fantastic should be remembered as one of the best films to come out of Sundance, and, if it has a life beyond the festival, maybe one of the best of the year.

Erin Whitney
Screen Crush
25 January 2016




The lead role fits Mortensen like a glove, and he's surrounded by a very capable supporting cast... Mortensen's own renaissance man characteristics segue seamlessly into Ben's intellectual idealism. He crafts every beat of this character seemingly without even trying; his may be the most seemingly-effortless performance at Sundance this year.

Russ Fischer
The Playlist
25 January 2016




Viggo is ideally cast. He's always seemed like a man from another time, and it feels like a role only he could have played. Probably the reason for this is that he's just so sincere. Mortensen always seems like a man with good intentions, and his love for his children is never anything less than convincing. He also shows a bit of levity here for the first time in a while, with amusing scenes where he tries to give his eight-year-old the "birds and the bees" talk or fakes being a Christian home-schooler to avoid the cops. He's absolutely likable, even if for much of the film I thought the character was insane.

Chris Bumbray
Jo Blo
26 January 2016




Ben, initially viewed as wise and calm, eventually shows another side that, from the right angle, looks selfish and self-serving. He's not perfect - but he is fascinatingly real. Mortensen, with his beard looking like a coloring experiment at a barber college, gives a wonderfully controlled and witty performance, supported by George MacKay (who will be seen in "11.22.63") and the ever-reliable Hahn and Zahn. It's a funny film with heart that will have you in tears and leave you thinking.

Marshall Fine
Huffington Post
26 January 2016




As the only guiding force in these kids' lives, Mortensen's role is the most important in the film. He's totally believable as a man who's set his own moral code and lived by it for years. As he realises that he stands to lose his children to the outside world, Mortensen's performance shifts up a gear, becoming more sensitive and moving.

Ed Frankl
Little White Lies
28 January 2016




Viggo Mortensen is perfectly cast as Ben, a man who truly believes he's giving his children a better life by abstaining from the disease of society, but who still loves his children very dearly..."Captain Fantastic" is all heart and is strengthened by Mortensen's performance. It's a new take on the idea of family, but one that is a fresh look on a different version of it.

Mae Abdulbaki
movieswithmae.com
28 January 2016




Funny and vivacious, the movie is an ode to triumphing over the weight of the world, whether that means evading it or embracing it. Ross' biggest accomplishment is crafting a script that doesn't feel like a hodgepodge of tree-hugging tropes -- in fact, by the end, it's the opposite. There's wisdom to glean in Ben's philosophizing, which can be purposefully grating at times, and there's wisdom to glean in everything he gets wrong about the ills of a systemized society, even if it means "the powerful control the lives of the powerless." "Captain Fantastic" is about a guy figuring out how to care for his children, and how to course-correct when he realizes he hasn't gotten everything right.

Matthew Jacobs
Huffington Post
25 January 2016




Ross has given Captain Fantastic a really gorgeous look, with terrific location photography and a real ethereal vibe at times that makes this feel reminiscent of Into the Wild, where it closer to a family film. It's certainly a big-hearted, often beautiful family film that really belongs on the big screen and will hopefully pick up the kind of distributor that can make that happen.

Chris Bumbray
Jo Blo
26 January 2016




Mortensen is likely to attract the most attention for his performance, some are already calling for an Oscar nomination, but the film only works because the ensemble is fantastic. Not an easy task considering that the cast is dominated by young actors. Casting directors don't get their due, but clearly Ross had extraordinary help in finding the perfect mix of actors.

"Captain Fantastic" a special film, the kind I look forward to seeing again and again.

Ryan Painter
News3LV.com
27 January 2016



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A Message from Viggo


Source: Perceval Press
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The affirmative action that the U.S.A. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences seems about to undertake early in 2016 in order that the ethnic composition of its membership might more accurately reflect the racial diversity of that country's population is commendable. Hopefully, it will also be at least a small step in the direction of more fairly recognising the best work of artists and technicians in the movies, regardless of whether they are Native Americans, or of African, Indo-European, Asian or of any other ethno-racial origin that anyone cares to define. People are people. People who make movies are people, first and foremost. Talent contests, beauty contests, or any sort of competition purporting to determine pecking orders of artistic merit, are necessarily divisive, in the long run. They do not, in and of themselves, improve, negate, or justify anyone's work. Art is about communication, not about winning and losing. These competitions are very popular and often quite lucrative for the chosen few, however, so they will never disappear. As in almost any instance of racial, class, or ideological discrimination, it bears keeping in mind that the underlying problem of discrimination in the arts, politics, or in any other sphere is one of misinformation, censorship, and the promotion of disunity of human beings based on economic interests. Follow the money. In any case, the best righteous positions, with or without prizes given, are lived, regardless of the consequences, not preached.
—Viggo Mortensen

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Sundance Red Carpet Interview


Source: YouTube.
Found By: Chrissie
Chrissie brings us this interview with Viggo on the Sundance red carpet from Spoiler TV:



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Viggo on the Laura Flanders Show


Source: YouTube.
Found By: Kath/Chrissie
Many thanks to Kath for bringing this to our attention and to Chrissiefor finding the video:


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