Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ Review


I have always heard that the best marketing tool when it comes to anything is word of mouth. I truly believe in that notion, especially when it comes to TV shows and movies. So, when I heard a couple of friends talking about this new cool new show on Netflix I just had to check it out. Well, I must say, Netflix knocked it out of the park with their new show “Stranger Things”. I was a fan from the very first scene.

“Stranger Things” is a dripping tribute to the cult horror and science fiction classics of the 1980’s. If you have ever been sitting around with your friends and talking about how you miss the stuff that came out back then well, this show is for you. From the opening title, in its large block lettering, it immediately feels like your about to watch a Stephen King movie. The author recently went on his official  Twitter account, and praised the show. The show is without a doubt heavily influenced by the authors extensive body of work.

Everything within the pilot episode was on par with that 80’s vibe. From the yellowish wallpaper that seemed to be in everyone’s living room back then to the fashion and even the nuclear family sitting at the dinner table, the eighties culture was captured spot-on. Even the way the show was shot looks very old school and eerie and the music in the show will have you singing along and reminiscing of the good old days. The story was written and directed fantastically and gave you the edge of your seat feeling and the desperate need to know just what was going to happen next.

The show stars Winona Ryder (Black Swan, Dracula) as a mother of a boy named Will Byers who disappears mysteriously. The boy’s friends ,who have great chemistry on screen, go on a search for their missing friend. During their search the boy’s come across a young girl that has escaped a secret project going on at a nearby facility. The girl is played by Millie Bobby Brown, who like her young costars, does a fantastic job making you believe even further into the story overall mystique. The evil architect behind the secret program is played by Mathew Modine. Not much is known about the secrets that the facility has created, but they will do everything, including murder, to find the girl and the monster. Makes you wonder who the real monsters are?

“Stranger Things” has it all and I’m glad I started watching the show. I have been waiting a longtime for something like this to hit the airwaves. There are eight episodes available to stream anytime you want on Netflix. Do yourself a favor and check it, but be warned you will be hooked from the start.

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