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Parents' Guide to

Captain Nova

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Dutch sci-fi mystery has some peril, language.

Movie NR 2022 85 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Fun educational movie

I quite enjoyed it and my son did too. The characters are endearing. I read a previous review that there are plot holes to do with time travel which might frustrate older kids. That's really the case with all time travel movies though. l think it's better to just remind kids to suspend disbelief, take it as fiction and think about the overall message.
age 8+

Too slow for young kids, too unsatisfying for older ones

Curiously slow-paced and might not hold the attention of younger viewers. But older viewers will have questions about the several plot holes or strange choices the characters make. Even if Nova hadn't had the "unforeseen consequence of time travel" it's hard to see how her original plan was expected to work; and later uses of the future technology make you think the characters could have done things rather differently if they'd thought a bit more. A scene where the main character gets shot and ends up in hospital could be distressing. There's also discussion in the future of a bird skeleton and what these creatures called "birds" used to be which our animal-loving child would have been upset by, although that's probably deliberate to drive home the climate danger.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

You have to suspend disbelief to enjoy this Dutch sci-fi mystery, but young viewers who do that could enjoy it and also pick up some healthy environmental messages. There are just a few too many unanswered questions, or unexplained actions, in Captain Nova to make this film anywhere near believable for older audiences. But as a kid-centered genre movie, it has some positive lessons about bravery, standing up for one's beliefs, empowering kids, and taking care of our environment. Some of the humor even manages to translate, like a freeze-gun that kids say puts adults on pause, giving them time to ponder their lives and careers. Some plot twists in both time frames offer added human drama.

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