“Have you ever had a dream that felt so real that you could barely tell the difference between the real world and the dream world?”- Anonymous
Yes I have. Plenty of times and this feeling is very surreal yet pitiful when you actually wake up from the transition.
Stranger Things is what that is. It is dreamy and yet a stunning reality, a visual and scripted irony of its own just the way Steven Spielberg kept it going with his massive 1980s hits. The beauty with Spielberg’s movies are that he makes the audience a part of his films, as if we are the secondry and non digetic subjects playing along with the actors.
And what happens when you bend the imaginations of Spielberg and Stephen King together? A phenomenal TV show like Stranger Things is what happens.
From a personal perspective, I’m not a TV person. I can do with movies but not a TV show. The back pain of having to sit in front of my Netflix to view hours of series is boring and time consuming. Besides, I have barely come across a show as compelling and as attention captivating as Stranger Things. Yes, there were times when I used to watch flips of shows skipping one episode or the other and never giving a damn to chronologically watch them but Stranger Things changed that for me.
And the only reason for me to even bother was that I’m a 1980s sucker and everyone was talking about it like it was some football World Cup sensation.
I am glad to say that I don’t regret my decision even for a second! So what is the show all about?
Will Byers is a young boy who goes missing and as with any missing child, a mother’s anxiety roars up. Following his disappearance, events unfold that lead us to the mystery that is known as ‘The Upside Down’- a CIA controlled alternate dimensional world that the town of Hawkins in Indiana is not aware of and where a gooey sickening creature wonders around freely. So where did Will disappear to? To the Upside down with the gooey creature.
Following this main storyline, different stories are involved that eventually lead up to the main mission of the mystery: To find Will Byers and hunt the monster.
The various stories that lead us to the main mission are that of Will’s friends who go looking for him in the woods but end up finding a weird girl with kinetic abilities called Eleven. Eleven befriends Mike and lives with him in his basement before anyone could find her, while his friends are skeptical of her, Mike remains her complete confidant.; While Eleven hides in the basement, above, Mike’s older sister Nancy has her own life drama in High school where she channels her Molly Ringwald side in ‘Pretty in Pink’ by dating the coolest guy in High school at the same time maintaining her geeky friend, Barbara.; Jonathan Byers is on a quest of his own to find his little brother until he teams up with Nancy; Chief Jim Hopper compelled by the pleas of Joyce Byers goes looking for her son until he finally teams up with her as frightening governmental conspiracies unfold.
All the above mentioned factors lead them to their quest to finally find out what happens to Will Byers and how to stop the evil CIA plot.
What I cannot put into the story description are the feelings and the journey that we as an audience feel with the characters of the show. There is an emotional plight witnessed between Joyce and her son, her memories with Will Byers; Chief Hoppers emotional stigma that drains him out and the loss of his own daughter that leads him to not give up on finding Will; the true friendship and love displayed by Will’s friends to not give up on finding his whereabouts; Eleven’s sacrifice for humanity despite the pain and suffering she endures at the Hawkins Science Laboratory etc. are all enough to take you down the 80s nostalgia trip to make you feel the way Spielberg made you feel when you saw the children in E.T. drifting away from their strange little friend from another world.
I believe emotions, love and adventure keeps a script looking outstanding that leads to a sensational entertainment. These 3 factors are missing heavily in modern movies and shows and it is this feeling of old 80s hit movies that I used to watch as a child that lead me to confirm that Stranger Things is a great piece of entertainment in a very long time.
I rate it 5/5!
A must watch.