To be clear and somewhat in his defense, he was seriously antagonised, but that did not make it okay to savage out, turn into Tyler Durden and initiate fight club out the front of a work colleague's house. Put up your dukes and let's just thrash it out is pretty old school, but yeah, he went there. Perhaps he is feeling a little inferior now that he has started secondary school, or perhaps overstressed? But to be honest I haven't seen evidence of either of those things, I think that he just straight up lost his grasp on cool and went for the juggler. Needless to say, he got more than his fair share of lectures that night about personal restraint, appropriateness and self control.
I can't help feeling a bit responsible though if I am being completely honest about the incident.
Craig and I have always said to the kids - you can't start the fight, but you can finish it, which is actually exactly what he did, so he was just following through on our advice. Total crap that he did it at my work function though, what a dunderhead! Never gets into a serious fist fight in his life and then decides that a catholic school staff BBQ is the place to finally flex his street fighting muscles, brilliant Seth - good one mate!
In truth, I do have to admire the kid for standing up for himself, he clearly isn't going to let anyone just push him around, and who doesn't love a kid with a bit of moxie in his veins? Aside from the whole incident making me question my parenting techniques, I don't think that it was a total and complete disaster; I'm pretty sure that both boys learnt a valuable life lesson from all of this, well at least I hope they did!
Release Date: 2016
Running Time: 119 mins
After premiering to a standing ovation at Sundance, Captain Fantastic continued to gain momentum and critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival where writer/director Matt Ross won the Best Director Award.
This genuinely heartfelt and thoughtfully orchestrated tale about the challenges of being a single parent is dramatically amplified by the family's unusual off-the-grid lifestyle, which for me made it more original, fresh and interesting.
Far away from modern society, in the remote American wilderness, Ben (Viggo Mortensen) is raising his six children by his own terms. Home schooled, physically and mentally advanced and trained in the art of combat and hunting, the children are prepared for anything. However, when their lives take an unexpected turn, they are forced into the real world, where it becomes apparent that there are actually many things that they are completely unprepared for.
I loved this movie. It was really saying something about the ways in which we choose to raise our children today. There are a lot of moral conundrums to wrestle with here, which come at you from all angles, making this a layered and deeply interesting story that is definitely quirky, but not in a pretentious or forced kind of way.
Viggo Mortensen delivers an emotionally charged performance that powerfully demonstrates a father's love for his children and his incredible ability as an actor. The child actors are all equally excellent, and the overall effect is profoundly moving.
FINAL SAY: Power to the people! Stick it to the man!
4 Chili Peppers