Stranger Things, the latest addition to Netflix’s already impressive original content, will feel very similar to people who grew up in the 80’s or enjoy watching 80’s films.
The show centers around the disappearance of a young boy, Will. He disappears under some strange circumstances as there is no trace of him anywhere. Will’s three close friends Mike, Dustin, and Lucas decide to go looking for him. During their search, they find a young girl, who they call Eleven. They quickly discover that she has some superhuman abilities.
Looking for Will are also his mother, Joyce (Winona Ryder), his older brother, Jonathan, and the town’s sheriff, Jim Harper (David Harbour). As they start getting closer and closer to figuring out what is happening in their town, things start getting more dangerous.
This show is very much inspired by Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, and Stephen King. From the way the boys speak, act, and ride their bikes together feels like they’re straight from an 80’s movie. But the show doesn’t beat you over the head with the fact that it takes place in the 80’s. This should couldn’t exist in modern times because things were simpler in the 80’s. Kids didn’t have smartphones and weren’t always connected to the internet. The show is suspenseful and very unpredictable. Even though some characters are 80’s film stereotypes, like the asshole boyfriend, there are still moments where his actions will break away from that stereotype.
The acting here is great. Especially by the kids. They actually feel like real kids. But the real stand out here is Millie Brown, the young actress that plays Eleven. She is great and her character is just so badass. There are many films and shows where the acting by the kids could be cringe-worthy and it makes their performances unwatchable. The directing and the writing really help these kids give the best performance possible. The music here also stands out and it sounds like something out of a John Carpenter movie.
Unfortunately, the show isn’t all perfect. With so many awesome and scary things happening the mystery behind everything that is happening fell a little flat. It never explained how or why things were happening and it doesn’t come to a satisfying end.
Stranger Things is very much influenced by all the great films from the 80’s. Despite its weak conclusion (something that will probably be addressed in season 2) it’s still very easy to recommend this show to anyone.