Monday, July 25, 2016

Binge Watcher Review: Stranger Things Season 1 ***Spoiler Free***

Binge Watcher Review: Stranger Things Season 1 ***Spoiler Free***

Creators: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer

Starring: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Matalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Matthew Modine

Anyone with any type of nostalgia for anything 80’s has got to check this show out! Stranger Things takes you back to the 80’s in a small town where Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) goes missing one night on his way home from a friend’s house. Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo) and Lucas Sinclair (Caleb McLaughlin), Will’s best friends, set out to find him along with a girl named Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) who shows up around the same time that Will goes missing. The adventures and problems these kids face may have you remembering a few films like The Goonies or E.T.

It slowly becomes apparent to the boys that Eleven isn’t a normal girl though. Aside from not talking much and having a shaved head, Eleven also has the ability to move things with her mind and make find people through two way radio’s. As the story progresses we can see how she developed her abilities and how they grow over time.  Eleven joins the hunt for Will with Mike, Dustin and Lucas as they sneak behind their parent’s backs, all while trying to hide Eleven from the Feds who are doing what ever they can to find her. Thanks to Eleven’s special abilities though, they are able to avoid being captured by the Feds. Her abilities prove to be very useful throughout even though they weaken her afterwords. I would not want to make her mad, that is for sure.

Will’s friends are not the only one’s looking for him though, his mother Joyce Byers (Wynona Ryder) and brother Jonathan Byers (Charlie Heaton) both search for him along with Jim Hopper (David Harbour) the local sheriff. At first it appears to everyone else that Joyce is going crazy as she tries to communicate with Will with Christmas lights. Jim though is on the hunt and soon finds himself working with Jim to find Will in a mysterious world while Jonathan and Nancy Wheeler (Natalia Dyer), Mike’s sister, try to kill the monster that kidnapped Will.

Over all the show is just fun to watch. It is very easy to see the influences for this show, it flows with a very Stephen King/Steven Spielberg type vibe that makes the show both thrilling and delightful.  A big part of that is because of how amazing the young actors in this show are. The chemistry between the whole cast made up for what little we actually see of the monster in the series. While I did like all of the boys, Dustin was probably my favorite and definitely the funniest. I was most impressed with Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, with very little dialog, she was able to convey so much emotion in her performance. Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer created a fantastic show that was captivating and over all just a lot of fun to watch. Honestly with the shows that Netflix has been putting out, there should really be no doubt that it is worth watching.

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