Daniel sent us these impressions after viewing the film Captain Fantastic on Saturday, October 1, in the Hop’s Spaulding Auditorium:
Thoreau once wrote: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately.” Ben Cash in the film Captain Fantastic did just that, along with his wife and six children. Together they built a life removed from the corrupt modern world–a life in which they foraged for their food, climbed cliff faces for exercise and surrounded themselves with the literature and music of humankind’s greatest thinkers.
Although grueling at times (raw deer heart for dinner, anyone?), the Cashes’ life appears idyllic and a successful attainment of our fundamental quest to understand ourselves as members of human history and thought. But when they try to attend a family funeral, their world of the woods clashes sharply with the world of suburbia, and we the viewers are presented with many wonderful questions about parenting and capitalism and school systems and the drinking age (I’ll let you fill in the details when you see the film for yourself). Ultimately though, the Cash family shows us that it matters less where we live but rather how, and that is a matter worth thinking about wherever you are.