Why you should binge watch Netflix’s Stranger Things next
I just binge watched four hours of Stranger Things and at risk of going blind, I’m going to now stare at my computer for even longer and write this article. The best way I can describe it is that it’s like The Duffer Brothers took a number of successful 80s productions, mashed them all together and out came Stranger Things. There is certainly no question who and what both inspired and influenced the directing and writing duo. It’s reminiscent of The Goonies, E.T., Stand by me and so many other unforgettable productions from the decade. Those who grew up in the 80s and watch the show will experience extreme nostalgia. They may find themselves feeling like a kid again, transported back through time. From the soundtrack to the clothing style and even down to the font, the show somehow captures the same magic as the original productions and brings it back once again to the screen. This time for a much more modern audience.
The show takes place in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana and follows a group of friends. When one of the boys goes missing without a trace, those around him are determined to find him. Shortly after his disappearance, a young girl mysteriously shows up in nothing but a hospital gown and the number eleven tattooed on her arm. She claims there are bad men after her and she needs help. The group of boys take her under their wing and hide her away in the basement. They quickly realize there is more to this girl than they originally thought and maybe she can help them find their missing friend. Soon their search leads them to something even more sinister. They find themselves uncovering a conspiracy and the dark secret the government has hiding in the woods.
The cast includes some big names like Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers and David Harbour as the police chief, Jim Hopper. The other actors are sure to become big names as well with the performances they gave. Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, who reminded me of a young Natalie Portman in both appearance and talent. Finn Wolfhard as Mike, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin. All as lovable as the original Goonies cast. Natalia Dyer as Nancy, Mike’s older sister. Shannon Purser as Barb, Nancy’s best friend and fan favourite. Charlie Heaton as Jonathan, the artistic loner willing to go to great lengths to find his younger brother. And Joe Keery as Steve, Nancy’s boyfriend with great hair but a less great personality.
There are only eight episodes, so you might want to pace yourself. The only downside to the series is that it’s over much too quickly!