Review: Stranger Things on Netflix
The new Netflix original series, “Stranger Things,” has become one of the most popular shows on the steaming service. This science fiction thriller is an absolute must-see this summer.
When Will Byers mysteriously disappears from a small town in Indiana, it forces his family, friends and the town police chief to uncover the horrible truth of the supernatural dimensions the local “power and light” company has created.
Stranger Things is fantastic in many ways, but what brings the older audience to obsess over a show focused on pre-teen kids is the brilliant nostalgia. The show is set in the 1980s with a cast of kids who know nothing about the time period. The unique idea was a gamble, but ultimately a success.
Winona Ryder perfectly captures the desperation, determination and struggle of Will’s mother, Joyce Byers. Her character is strong and loving, yet seemingly insane. Winona can portray a range of those emotions at once, which is what makes Joyce so appealing.
Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas) and Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin) are phenomenal. Their connection and friendship is evident throughout the series. They also have the appeal of the science geeks, the outsiders and the heroes.
A mysterious little girl with the shaved head, tattoo and astonishing powers captures everyone’s attention. Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is the poor little girl used as a science experiment, being forced to face a vicious creature, yet she is the strong girl who can take down an entire group of men.
Brown is as glorious as this perplexing child. She barely speaks throughout the show, yet says volumes with the emotion and expression she portrays. The fear, anger and love she is able to show without speaking is outstanding for a child actress.
The sense of mystery throughout the series keeps the viewers’ interest, yet gives enough answers to be satisfying. The Duffer Brothers wanted the season to come to an end without leaving cliffhangers and unanswered questions.
The variety of themes and emotions in this show is terrific. The series is lighthearted yet horrifying, comical but deliberate and most definitely mysterious. The combination is done well, never leaving space for a dull moment.
The other great but not-so-great part of this show is its length. It is only eight, hour-long episodes that fit this complex story in perfectly. It is not a long time commitment, but the downside is that it will leave you wanting more.
Netflix has renewed Stranger Things for a second season to be released in 2017. The story and who will be back is still up in the air, but there are a few theories as to what has and will happen in the world of Stranger Things.