Netflix has done it again. They’ve poured their time and money into an endeavor that will forever brand the company as a master of cinematic production.
“Stranger Things” came onto the scene only a few months ago and has already developed a loyal fan-art following.
We’re introduced to our main bunch of protagonists the only way you would want to be introduced: one mean game of Dungeons & Dragons. We follow the Goonies-esque band of ragtag preteens through escalating perils and as usual, the grown-ups are about three plot points behind.
A mix of secret government conspiracy and small town know-all seems to stereotypically compel the story with intrigue and familiarity. My one qualm with this brilliant Netflix production is that it seems to adhere strictly to formulaic plot points and predictable scenes, something that would otherwise turn me away from a franchise all together. It’s strange, however, that although these scenes seem unsurprising, I’m completely caught up in the tempo of the series. I cannot explain how Netflix continues to produce such familiar, yet completely original content in this modern age of information overload. I think everything has been made before, and even with a silent nod remake of Goonies and Super 8, I continue to be fascinated.
Although the 1980s aesthetic is a decade before my time, the series evokes a deep sense of nostalgia that immediately connects you with the characters. As I’ve said before, and will say again, I am continually astonished with the beautiful cinematography that is shown to the viewers in almost every scene. Strong female leads and a thrilling musical theme has completely convinced me that Netflix is acutely aware of what their fans want. If Netflix has branded the show with their production label, it’s safe to say that you’ll the love whatever you’re about to play. Stranger Things gets my fully committed recommendation.