Netflix is clearly not slowing down anytime soon on its path to revolutionizing modern television, and its newest addition does nothing but strengthen its grasp on the culture. Girlboss is not your typical, corny “girl power” type of show, but rather a fiercely entertaining biopic series carried out by the quiet chants of feminism and female independence. The single season show stars Britt Robertson, Johnny Simmons, and Ellie Reed, documenting the rise of Sophia Amoruso’s lucrative clothing empire Nasty Gal. Britt Robertson, a consistently talented actress with a chain of knock-out performances, is dynamic in her role as the founder of the company and the star of this “rags to riches” story. A complex actress, Robertson shines in both moments of witty banter and physical comedy, as well as in deeply emotional moments of pain in the finale of the season. She moves with this commando sense of confidence, like she has the secret that no one else knows. Performing with bravery and delivering with a unique punch, Britt Robertson’s work is unlike the actresses that have come before her. Considering the attention she garnered from her work in The Longest Ride, Tomorrowland, and The Space Between Us, she may not necessarily be considered underrated. However, given her impeccable talents, it is clear that she is only just beginning.
Netflix’s greatest talent when it comes to production is the company’s ability to recruit the best. “Netflix Originals” stand out in their creative consistency and reliability behind the camera. Girlboss‘ direction can be credited to Christian Ditter. The moment that Sophia discovers her company name at a drag show, the camera smoothly moves around the singing heroine bathed in fuchsia and electric blue flashing light, while Betty Davis’ “Nasty Gal” rings behind us. Arguably the most memorable directorial moment occurs in the final episode “The Launch,” while Sophia and Shane (Simmons) discuss the state of their relationship post-cheating. Quick, broken cuts interrupt each other in a chaotic pattern of heartbreaking silence, to passionate rage, to a last-ditch effort at a rekindled love, and finally ending with a somber goodbye.
Many have condemned the timing of the show, giving Nasty Gal’s recent bankruptcy filing and Amoruso stepping down as CEO. Regardless of the timing, the story that is told stands valiantly alone. Amoruso’s success and the way this show portrays it is timeless and deserves recognition. Not to mention, who says the door is closed to the possibility of a second season exploring the factors that led to Nasty Gal’s decline. With a fiery script and a quick tempo, Girlboss brings us through the beginnings of Amoruso’s journey, while honoring the sentimentality in the scrappy journeys of our collective youths. A perfect fit for Netflix, this show is spunky, youthful, and vibrant, yet bitter, authentic, and shakingly relatable in quiet moments. If this show doesn’t make you want to purge your closet and fill it with flare jeans and moto jackets, then its time to rewatch it with fresh eyes.