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Read our Stranger things review, after the jump

On November 6, 1983 in Indiana, 12-year-old Will Byers vanishes mysteriously. Will’s mother, Joyce, becomes frantic and tries to find Will, while Police Chief Hopper begins his own investigation. The very next day a mysterious girl with strange abilities appears who knows the whereabouts of Will. But as they get closer to the truth they will have to face not only a sinister government agency, but a more insidious force who plans on devouring them all.

 

Stranger Things is the newest of Netflix’s breakout shows. But is it really any good? Simple answer: Hell yes it is, and here’s why, don’t worry, no spoilers.

Stranger Things is an entire 7-8 hours of 80’s horror nostalgia. Paying homage to the likes of Steven Spielberg, Sam Raimi and Stephen King. Although horror, Stranger Things doesn’t rely on everything that current horror films/TV shows do. It’s not overly gory, and doesn’t have a jump scare every 20 seconds. Stranger Things captivates the audience with incredible acting, direction and suspense. Something newer horror films/TV seem to be lacking.

I’ll start off with acting.


Winona Ryder gives an impeccable performance as Joyce Byers. She makes every scene she’s in. There was never a moment where I thought she was reading off of a script.

David Harbour gives his best performance yet as Police Chief Jim Hopper.

The child actors, Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Mille Bobby Brown (Eleven), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughin (Lucas Sinclair) are wonderful. There are always concerns going into a TV show or movie with very young actors (looking at you Jurassic World), but they honestly surprised me. Granted there are a few lines they have that are pretty wooden, but it’s forgiveable.


It’s wonderfully directed. The Duffer Brothers and Shawn Levy really made me feel like I was in this town experiencing these events.

Cinematographers Tim Ives and Tod Campbell kill it in every shot.

One of the best parts of Stranger Things is the amazing score. No matter how you feel about the show, you have to hand it to Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein. They really knocked it out of the park, and on their first score.

The editing is great. The show feels more like a 7-8 hour movie rather than an 8 episode show. It flows perfectly.

For a show, the visual effects are great. But in some scenes a little off. In most scenes they’re movie quality, but in some very short shots, SyFy quality.


Overall, Stranger Things is an amazing start to a show with the potential to make the Duffer Brothers the Steven King of Netflix. It’s beautifully scored, wonderfully acted, and profoundly directed. Go watch it, and don’t stop until you’re done.

Stranger Things season one gets a 9.5/10.