If Stephen King and Steven Spielberg had a baby, this is EXACTLY what it would look it.
Overall pretty awesome show. The music is always on point, the child actors are amazing and the story is interesting and captivating start to finish.
Would love a second season be it a sequel to this or maybe an anthology series a la Fargo.
A Stephen King and Stephen Spielberg Mix in the style of an 80s show. Beautifully played by every actor, the soundtrack is always on point, beautiful colours, beautiful dialogues. Amazing show. Well made, Netflix!
I was looking forward to this. I've watched hundreds of 80's horror movies. But Stranger Things was pretty unspectacular. 5/10 but a 1 for rating balance.
Because there is such a talk about it being 80s set you end up playing spot the eighties game. First drop is a The Thing poster. It wasn't that much of a hit when it came out. I think a Star Wars poster would have been better but whatever. A kid gang that's always on bikes. Let's call them The Goonies for now.. They get bullied and one is humiliated because he has to do a truffle shuffle or the equivalent.
Lots of teen drama with a girl character. Feels more Dawson Creek 90s now. Where did Winona a get her botox from in the 80s? So Winona's kid Mike has gone missing. The cop characters seems a bit lazy and unprofessional. Least he's something. Not much happens for a while. Some computers effects. I want some practical effects. Minus 1 80s point. The dialogue is as basic as can be. We've heard it all before in every other show. So Winona isn't bothered her missing boys brother John wasn't at home the night he was supposed to be. That's when Will vanished. Winona seems more interested in acting a bit hammy and staying undeveloped. Still pretty slow story. The cops goes into the shed that Will dissappeared from and the lighting starts very dark but then it's light as he exits? Poor lighting for a cheap scare. Also more time wasting instead of plot or character development.
A police search party... In the pitch black of course. C.B radio. 1 80s point! Kids go out after being told not to. The kids never seem to do what they're told and nobody ever seems to notice what they're doing on these Goonies adventures. It's a bit silly.
A bald weird kid end up in a restaurant. Obviously she (looks like a he) doesn't talk. That would be too normal and a silence is an easy way to add some mystery. But it's just too boring, predictable and cheap. Eventually a secretive government agency locates the kid but she escapes because they forgot about the rear exit. Those poorly trained government agents....
More teen romance from the girl. Boring. Winona gets electric shocks down a phone and still just acts either crazy or lost. The kids find the bald girl whilst on a Goonie adventure.
Mediocre start but I have some faith.
Starts with the bald girl not talking again. Are we really going down that path the entire show? Hope not. Why is she stopping at one of the boys house anyway? How about call the cops or something? Kids doing stupid things for plot again. The set up here probaboy being the bald girl will probably be found by a mom or dad. Let's call the girl E.T for now. More boring teen romance for the Netflix demographic. E.T kid acts more alien than human. I fear this will bring predictable scenes of her learning and exploring human ways etc instead of something original or interesting. Wills brother John or Jon is in a flashback were he's showing Will some songs. Apparently he likes The Smiths. Odd because they hadn't even released an album yet. Minus 100 80s points! I suppose it's forgivable when creating a cliché cool outsider character. So the kid Mike hides E.T in a closet. Pointless. They talk about a promise. E.T says 'Promise?' Can't believe this show is going down this learning the human world stuff route. Route? What is. ...route? Cop is still looking for Will then he finds the dead dude at the restaurant. Jon finds his father to tell him the news. Enter cliche bad father and son relationship that probably ends up better and with respect. More E.T and teen romance... snails pace plot. I predict beautiful freak Jon gets the girl. Obviously.I predict the cop becomes more professional and cares again. Obviously. More teen girl issues... That target audience again. Cops still searching because why think of a new scene? E.T is confused by the word friend. What is friend? More teen drama. Teen drama girl has a geek friend. Hmm I wonder if geek girl is really hot with her hair down? Jon is outside taking photos at night because. .. it's more important than being with his crazy greiving mom? Jon stumbles across a party. He takes photos because he's presumably a perv. Jeez I wonder if these photos will be important evidence or incriminating to him? Winona gets another weird call and there is light flickering and the radio turns itself on. She legs it after something comes out the wall to get her... then she goes back in because it's only a monster. Geek girl is sent home from the party by drama girl because drama girl wants sexy time. Obviously geek girl can't just chill downstairs. Poor geek girl. Jon the sex pest is still taking photos. I wonder if his art will get appreciated by drama girl in a future episode? So the one time he doesn't spy is when geek girl gets attacked by a monster...yeah.
Is geek girl alive or dead? Thought we needed her to reveal she was secretly hot? I wonder if drama girl will feel guilty for sending geek girl home? And how long will that idea be stretched out? Winona is talking to Will via the power of light bulbs. Even when she proves the comminication is true to an extent to Jon he doesn't believe her. I wonder if she becomes the nut nobody believes? E.T is still hiding at the kids house and not been found. The Goonies or mayne The Stand By Me's prepare for another outing.....Same old. Now I know why the 80s element of this show is blown out of proportion. It's hyped to hell and relies on nostalgia. There is nothing else to it. Probably nostalgia for kids who weren't even born in the eighties. It's not even that nostalgic anyway. So the cop wants to go into a place but he doesn't have authorisation. Jeez I wonder if he'll brake some rules or even lose his job in the process of solving the mystery and gain enemies in high places? He'll probably end up marrying Winona by series 3. E.T makes the millenium falcon toy hover then crashes it. What an ass. What is ass? E.T explores the house and watches a famous Reagan speech (it's political now) and some other nostalgic stuff. That speach is a little old but it could have been a re-run news story. Police still searching. We haven't seen enough of that. Drama girl is a little worried she hasn't heard off geek girl as perv Jon passes by with expert timing to share an intimate stare. Wonder if he gets the girl and the other kid is jealous? The Goonies get bullied a bit more. Wonder if E.T will teach them a lesson. That will be original. The characters in this are so unbelievably one dimensional. Cop does some research. MK Ultra is seen in paper clippings (for the conspiracy community to feel involved?) and least it's some plot progress. More crazy light with Winona. Wall creature again. Perv Jon gets exposed. Drama girl doesn't seem to mind he's a potential sex pest and feels sorry for him. E.T boy has a flashback on when he was made to stare at a cat whilst wearing an electrode cap. The horror! E.T killed two workers but not the guy who seems the main villain. Nice job E.T. more teen drama. Winona is crazy again. She's upgraded from light bulbs to Christmas lights. The monster crawls out the wall. It looks good. Best bit. They find a dead body that's probably Mikes. A version of heroes from 2010 is played. Minus 1 80's point.
Predictable. The events are clear and obvious setups from one plot point or character development another.
The hype. Just stupid when you consider how mediocre this is. But Netflix binge watching has become a trend and this is show of the year. I'm sure it'll have a billion theories and they'll be more interesting than the show.
The audience. Not the people watching it but who the makers tried to target. They know there's a load of Internet teens who like anything 80s and will ride the online nostalgia and hype. It's just being part of a crowd.
Characters. We're talking soap opera depth at most. Winona having the worst time.
Dialogue. Unforgettable and bland. If you want to be nostalgic how about some old fashioned memorable dialogue instead of putting up horror movie posters so we play spot the 80s.
The horror. Not enough. The effects are good.
The relationship drama. Boring. More 90s.
Plot. Too many dead ends to waste time. Ideas that have been done many times before and better. Cringewrothy.
Not defined. No episode I watched felt defined and memorable. The show doesn't stand apart from all that it takes from. It's a mash up.
A Netflix Unoriginal series. I'd give it a 5/10 but have to give it a 1 as it's so overrated. Not completely awful but completely pointless.
Right about now, your friends and family are probably bothering you about how you NEED to watch this show and how amazing they find it. Trust them, just this once. That's also what happened to me, I came into it pretty skeptically because I am pretty picky with what I like but I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Stranger Things is excellent, it's essentially Twin Peaks Lite and I don't mean that in a bad way. Just that it covers extremely similar material but Stranger Things is more accessible and less dense. You can down it really quick and pick up another where you sort of have to take sips with Twin Peaks. It's pace is really fast, major events happen in every episode and they are really well structured in terms of discovering something more that leads to the next event right away. The music is extremely simple with the sort of droning tones but there's no problem with that since it is honestly one of the more effective ways to accent what they show you. The visuals are incredible and it is surprisingly consistent throughout with high quality scene after high quality scene. The acting was respectable, the kids are kids so you can't expect any more than what they gave, they did what they were supposed to do. The adults were pretty solid, but ironically the best acting came from the teenage kids who ended up being the most interesting part of the story by the end.
If nobody has told you the basic gist of the story, it revolves around the mysterious disappearance of a child and his family/friend's journey to find out what happened as well as the appearance of a strange orphan and a monster that are somehow connected. Don't let anyone tell you any more than that. It adds to your involvement in the show if you discover the truth along with the characters.
Now there are some drawbacks to it having such a fast pace. The plot is very focused but it's also very narrow, there are auxiliary characters that pop in once in a while but they aren't really built up at all and they just seem like they're there to make the main characters do something or talk about something. The world doesn't feel as alive as some other shows, but that is also partly due to it just being one season so far so they will improve on this as the show continues, I'm sure. The central motivations for the "bad guys" also seems pretty thin at the moment since we didn't really see much of them.
Still, Stranger Things is probably the second best show of this year, right behind The Man in the High Castle. If you like supernatural mystery stories it is worth the watch for sure.
One of the best and most entertaining shows I've seen this year. It helps that I have a soft spot for 80's horror/sci-fi movies so I knew from the moment I heard the intro music, I was going to love this show. My wife, who doesn't share my love for 80's horror was skeptical at first but by the 2nd episode she was hooked. I am eagerly waiting for the 2nd season.