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Something Strange in Your Neighbourhood – Stranger Things (Netflix Review)

Netflix’s new Sci-fi/horror series Stranger Things is now available for your binge-watching pleasure. The new eight part series is set in 1980’s America in Indiana and revolves around the disappearance of young boy Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), who mysteriously disappears late one evening, leaving no trace of his whereabouts. Then shortly after Will’s disappearance, a mysterious girl with telekinetic powers arrives in the town and helps Will’s friends: Lucas, Dustin and Mike to find out what happened to their friend.

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The series kicks off with Will and his friends, Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) all competing in a fierce 10-hour session of ‘Dungeons and Dragons’. After their intense game finishes, Lucas, Dustin and Will all depart from their headquarters at Mike’s house. The next morning, word gets out that Will is missing and people start to speculate that he has been kidnapped or has simply lost his bearings on his journey home. But the audience knows differently as they see Will being chased by something far more sinister, with a creepy presence lurking in the shadows, surging electricity and all sorts of paranormal activity going on, we know that something strange is happening in this small town in Indiana.

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A few days after Will’s disappearance, when nobody seems to be doing an awful lot about this missing young kid. Will’s friends step in to try and figure out where their friend has gone, and in the process, discover some strange things. The first of which being a mysterious young girl known as ‘Eleven’ (Millie Bobby Brown), who is completely ignorant to human interaction, is clearly disturbed and terrified from what she has escaped from and bears some sort of telekinetic ability to control and manipulate both people and objects. After discovering their new friend Eleven, the boys find themselves getting closer and closer to the truth behind Will’s disappearance and discover that their cosy home town holds a very sinister secret.

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Stranger Things is most definitely one of those series that is ridiculously binge-watchable. It is seriously creepy and gripping, and with every twist and turn makes you want to keep watching to discover what really is going on. Although, it is somewhat predictable and bears resemblance to other Sci-Fi movies/TV shows such as Super 8, it is done very well and gives you a real feel of 80’s nostalgia. The cast is fab, with Winona Ryder giving an absolutely brilliant performance as Joyce Byer’s, Will’s grieving mother, who will stop at nothing to find out what happened to her son. Will’s friend’s also give brilliant performances, the chemistry of the group having a very Stand By Me vibe, which is very touching to watch and strengthens the overall plot of the series.

Overall, Stranger Things is a very well put together Sci-fi/horror series, with a solid storyline that does at times lose its bearings, but always ends up finding its way back on track, it is for the most part a very gripping, creepy and interesting watch that will have your brain ticking throughout. The cast is extremely strong, with every character giving emotionally convincing performances that make for an intense, emotional and action-packed viewing. This series is definitely one to watch. Not the best, but good enough.

3.5/5

 

Dir: Shawn Levy, Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer

Scr: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer

Cast: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp

Prd: Shawn Levy, Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer, Dan Cohen

Country: USA

Runtime: 42-55 Minutes

Year: 2016

Stranger Things is available now on Netflix.