‘Fantastic’ film about family life

“Captain Fantastic” (Universal, $20-$35, R), starring Viggo Mortensen, relies more on brain than brawn to tell the story of a family living way off the grid. Under the guidance of director Matt Ross, the story offers alternative opinions, smart arguments and real conversations about the health and development of children when they don’t have to deal with the distractions of the world. This is everything that comic book-inspired movies aren’t — a deep examination of parenting, family, excess, isolationism, hope and the challenge of making the right decisions.

Rick Bentley, Fresno Bee