Stranger Things: A ReviewMonday, July 18, 2016
You may or may not have heard of Netflix's latest exclusive release, Stranger Things . Season one premiered this previous Friday. Andre ...
You may or may not have heard of Netflix's latest exclusive release, Stranger Things. Season one premiered this previous Friday. Andre and I sat down to watch it around 11:00 Saturday night, and we watched all but two episodes before going to sleep the next morning. We finished it the next day. It is so good!
I would probably label the show as science fiction, but one thing is for sure: it is creepy in the best way.
|Image from Netflix|
The show gives off serious early-90s vibes, and I would compare it to Twin Peaks meets the X-Files meets The Twilight Zone. There's also a bit of a Stephen King undertone, as well. This show seriously did not feel current, which isn't a bad thing. Movies and shows from the 90s are always a favorite of mine (early-2000s, too!), so the fact that this shows feels like it was created 20-something years ago was a big win for me.
I love that the main focus of the show is a group of pre-teens. Is that weird? They're just so adorable, but it's just something that's so different from everything that's being made today. Hubby complained that there wasn't enough cursing or gore, but to me, that added to it. Everything is so vulgar now (which don't get me wrong, I enjoy the guts and gore, etc.), but this was so fresh. When there's too much sex or nude scenes, cursing or gore, it feels like they're trying too hard. Everything being made today is just too much, too over the top. Stranger Things has all the right amounts of everything.
Another big plus is that it was filmed in Atlanta, and anything filmed in Atlanta gets extra points with me!
So, what is this show about?
When a young boy goes missing, his family and friends try to figure out what happened to him. In the search for the missing boy, strange things are brought to light in this small town. I don't want to say much else, because the mystery of the show makes it better.
Weird side note while you watch: Jonathan (the missing boy's brother) looks like a weird lovechild between Ike Barinholtz (Morgan on the Mindy Project) and Norman Reedus. Just look him. You'll see it!
Watch the trailer here: