STRANGER THINGS | More of That Strange 80s Stuff #5SecReview


I just finished watching all the 8 episodes of Netflix's latest hit series STRANGER THINGS!

Of course this show deserves a second season but first here's what I think about the first one.

Stranger Things got a lot of awesome reviews everywhere and for good reasons too, but it is still incomparable to HBO's cinematic masterpiece Game of Thrones.

But here are some of the good points that made it one of the most watched series of 2016:
  • The story written by the Duffer Brothers pays homage to 80s most famous story-tellers like Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter and Stephen King. The over-all environment of the series takes you back to some of the masters' early works.
  • Aside from the settings, the music also captured that 80s feel especially "Episode 2: The Weirdo on Maple Street" which features some of my favorite 80s music and the score was absolutely perfect.
  • Winona Ryder! Need I say more?
  • Actually I have to commend Winona with her performance here as Joyce Byers, the mother of Will who mysteriously went missing on Episode 1. This is by far her best performance as an actress yet (in my opinion). Although appearing first as an actress in the late 80s, Winona achieved showbiz fame in the 90s.
The series bears a lot of similarities with films of the same genre made during the 80s and has "Steven Spielberg" written on the plot from the start. Even saw some parts of "Super 8" somewhere in there. Super 8 is a 2011 Spielberg film.

But the similarities are not an accident. And the show didn't appear as a rip-off! In a way, it honored the masters. Telling the millennials that these are the stuff of great imagination back in the 80s and that's how stories are supposed to be told.

So it's not original nor visually spectacular, but it is an awesome story worth telling over and over again.

Stranger Things also stars Milly Bobby Brown (as the weirdo 11), Natalie Dyer (as nancy), Finn Wolfhard (as Mike), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Noah Schnapp (Will), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan), David Harbour (Chief Jim Hopper) and Matthew Modine (as Dr. Martin Brenner).

Season 2 is scheduled to come out next year (2017).


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