Friday, August 12, 2016

Stranger Things

I discovered the Netflix Original show, Stranger Things, that has now been all the rage online recently and watched the entire season in a few days. In case you are living under a rock and haven't heard of it, I thought I would post about how wonderfully nostalgic it is.

Stranger Things is set in the early 80's and is a throwback to my childhood.  The story revolves around a group of boys who are friends that play Dungeon and Dragons in the basement, ride their bikes around the neighborhood for hours, and crush on friend's older sisters.  When one of the boys disappears, it is clear that something strange is going on.  It has the feel of The Goonies, The Last Starfighter and E.T.; very much like a Spielberg film.  (Remember the film Super 8 where they tried to do this but failed horribly.  This one doesn't fail!)

Winona Ryder plays the missing boys mother and even though I am a die hard Winona Ryder fan, (Mermaids! Welcome Home Rocky Charmichael! Reality Bites!  Beetlejuice!  Edward Scissorhands!) I have to say, she does an excellent job portraying a confused and grieving parent. Just her being in the show was incentive enough for me to watch it.  And on another note, I think she was badly misunderstood for that little shoplifting incident years ago....

The boys are your typical geek squad that are absorbed in their little world of after school shenanigans and nerding out over the cool things a favorite teacher exposes them too.

I won't include any spoilers but let's just say that there are creatures and darkness that play into the show which has it's frightening moments at times.  There is also a couple of awkward love stories that are introduced which have all the cheesiness of a proper 80's film.  If you haven't checked it out, I suggest you do.  And if Netflix could put up another season for me to binge watch, that would be awesome, k, thanks.

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