Stranger Things Review

Stranger Things Review

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A Creation of : The Duffer Brothers

Rating : 9/10

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Stranger Things Review

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This show is unarguably one of Netflix’s most impressive productions – props to The Duffer Brothers for its flawless inception and execution . They pulled a lot of references together citing Steven King, Spielberg & John Carpenter as sources of inspiration 

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The cast is an impressive one – most of the child stars were relatively unknown but their performances are quite breathtaking . Then we’ve got our veterns; Winona Ryder, David Harbour & Matthew Modine making powerful impressions 

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The casting crew auditioned 906 boys to find their male leads and 307 girls to find their Eleven . Millie Brown (Eleven) had a head start as Stephen King tweeted singing her praises . The kids were all asked to watch “Stand By Me”, “The Goonies” & “Poltergeist” to prepare for the roles 

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So our story follows a trio of inquisitive boys and their curious friend “Elle” (short for Eleven) whom they find in the middle of the night whilst searching for their missing comrade Will 

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We have Michael, who’s character somewhat takes precedence over the other males, he bonds with Eleven and hides her from the “Bad Men” . I’ll point out that this particular trio are highly intelligent and curious for their age – Hugh Everett’s “Many Worlds Theory” is involved in the series in quite the tantalizing manner .

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Then we’ve got “Lucas” the easily-irritable & suspicious one in the crew . The actor Caleb asked to wear a camouflage bandana as part of his character and did in the last three episodes 

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Then we have my personal favourite “Dustin” who’s pre-adolescent lisp is one of the most damn adorable things you’ll find on-screen . He’s also a large part of the comic relief in this show . The fact that he’s missing his two front teeth aswell is just perfection 

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Then we have the mysterious “Eleven” – The directors wanted Eleven to emulate characters like E.T and Edward Scissorhands who had very few lines but had incredibly powerful & evocative eyes 

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The mystery that shrouds her character is slowly and cleverly paced throughout the episodes . Girls got power . Literally 

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We’ve got the glorious character “Hopp” / the chief of police in Hawkins (where the show is set) – who has some wise wise notions about the world 

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But who also has a much more convoluted past than you initially think 

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To the plot! We’ve got our fairly formidable baddie, who instills some hair-raising fear

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Some eyebrow raises 

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Some seriously good tunes 

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& anger 

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Some words to live by 

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Some levitating objects 

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& understandable hesitancy to makeovers 

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One very frantic mother . (Winona Ryder is genuinely compelling in this – seriously perfect choice for the role)

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some responsible morning routines 

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& intense games of Dungeons & Dragons . This game features heavily throughout the series – both physically and metaphorically 

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 some heartbreaking moments

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Some seriously old-school walkie talkies 

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& search parties (there are some lines in this show that are incitful and thought-provoking, like Hopp discussing the concept of the cosmos : “Sarah, my daughter, galaxies, the universe, she always understood that stuff, i always figured there was enough going on down here i never needed to look elsewhere.”

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The cinematography in this show really is a cut above the rest – some spectacular scenery is featured 

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We’ve some suiting up 

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& scares (the shows capability of creating suspense is unparalleled, impeccably filmed, scripted, directed. everything.)

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The entire series was shot on a digital cinema camera but to achieve the “vintage” look, they added a layer of scanned film grain to the colouring process 

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They really know how to build anticipation in this show – and how to end an episode both beautifully and maddeningly as you need to watch on 

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Theres a fair bit of juxtaposition in this show aswell we see some scenes of typical teenage times 

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Alongside some suspenseful moments 

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The show even features a homemade sensory deprivation tank in the latter half of the series – the production crew reportedly had to use 1200 pounds of Epsom Salts to get Eleven to float in the kiddie pool 

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This inspired creation is quite an all-inclusive one – it is very much part of the Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Horror – but also has some quite witty and laugh out loud moments – granted their few and far between but its an incredible piece of work – it very much deserves the hype its received! very high rating from The Happi Hippi – A tale of intrigue, desolation, mystery and friendship 

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