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Review Stranger Things

Stranger Things” is a compelling story set in the 80s full of reference to the iconic movies of that period. The show, build on an ensemble of mostly unknown actors, is one of the best new shows of the year.

When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.

Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer are the two masterminds behind this show. Directing and writing most episodes, the brothers, who didn’t have a lot of experience to begin with, created a remarkable and freighting story. The whole concept, which we won’t elaborate because of spoiler’s, is intelligently conceived and keeps you on the edge of your seat till the very last scene. The cinematography and the decors of the show are remarkable and help create this dark and chilling atmosphere. The first scene of the third episode is a stunning example of that showing the contrast of scenery between the characters.

The show has some exceptional talents in their mites which help elevate the show to its current cult status. Winona Ryder (“Beetlejuice”, “Black Swan”, “Edward Scissorhands”) is terrific as the hopeless, seemly crazy mother of the lost boy, playing the part with depth and sensibility. David Harbour is incredible as the drunken cop who becomes entangled in the mystery and starts to do his job.  The young actors Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton play their roles with ease and passion as if they have been working for years in the industry.  Millie Bobby Brown and Gaten Matarazzo have breakthrough performances. Millie playing the weird and shy little girl impressing us with her charisma and depth. Gaten Matarazzo seems the glue which keeps the children together always in the front line protecting his friends.

Stranger Things” is an impressive piece of work.  After “Wayward Pines”, there is again an impressive science fiction show in town!

Stanley Berenboom

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