Review: "Stranger Things"
Stranger things is a Netflix series that first aired on July 15th 2016. The story revolves around the small town of Hawkings and a group, of Dungeons and Dragons players, of four kids. Everything seems normal, until one of the kids of the group goes missing. It’s then when the whole hell breaks loose.
Hawkings, may seem like a friendly small town, but it’s something much more. It’s the center of a shadowy government agency, that runs weird and paranormal experiments and they don’t hesitate to even perform these experiments on small children, until one of those experiments went wrong and awakened something horrific.
The story is taking place on the late 80’s and the creators Matt and Ross Duffer, are experts on reviving the 80’s nostalgia we grew up with. The series takes to a trip through time, back when you used to explore the woods with your friends looking for magical creatures and hidden treasures.
The group of the kid actors will remind you of your childhood, when the only way to reach your friends was through a landline, calling them at home and asking their mother if they can come over and play. The series atmosphere captures the 80’s environment and really makes you feel like you are watching the episodes on a VHS.
As far as the story goes, is really original and is a mix of alien and goonies, but a lot more addicting. For D&D funs, the series have many references to the pen and paper game and the group of the kids resembles a D&D group. The kid actors even though young are really acting really well with Eleven being truly excellent at her role.
Winona Ryder is making a comeback with these series and it’s one to remember. Exceptional at her role as Joyce Byers, combines her years of experience with the new blood of Hollywood offering us many memorable scenes with intense and mixed feelings.
Personally I categorize TV series to three categories, A, B and C, with A being the best series out there and C being the series you only watch because you started them at some point and now you can’t just give up on them. In that regard I place “Stranger Things” to the A class series and it’s definitely worth seeing. It’s one of these series that you end up watching all the seasons out there on one night.
The TV series has two seasons at the moment, with the third one pending. Season one, I have to admit is way better than season two, maybe because the first one is an introduction to the series and the characters and you never know what to expect coming in the series. Although season can’t exactly overcome season one, is also a really enjoyable season and not by any means a copy of the first one.
The innocence of the kid characters combined with the ruthlessness of the government agency and the sinister forces that the experiments awake, create an one of the kind atmosphere that will have you on the edge of your seat all through the season. The music score is one to remember and will burn to your head as has the “Star Wars” score.
“Stranger Things” is an all-around 80’s experience, with great photography, memorable music and some breath taking scenes. You will love the characters and find yourself identify with them while you take a trip down memory lane and your childhood in the 80’s. Sit back, turn off the lights and explore the dark secrets of the Hawkings woods.