Stranger Things seems to be the new matcha tea of Instagram, everyone’s talking about it! I’m usually hesitant to hop onto bandwagons: be they TV series, movies, books. I still haven’t partaken of Game of Thrones, or The Girls (the book by Emma Cline) which cements my oddball status (which I feel is an integral part of my personality). But for some mysterious reason, I dove right into this one!
This series is set in 1983, Indiana. Essentially, the first season is about a preteen who goes missing and the rest of the series deals with searching for him. Which doesn’t seem particularly exciting.
The cast was convincing and the performance was pretty good. The kids were a pleasure to watch. Especially Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin, the boy with the lisp. Brownie points for the synth music which adds to the dangerous-mysterious-creature-on-the-prowl vibe that you get throughout the series. I’m not an 80’s kid, but it made me nostalgic for the 80’s!
It’s really hard to put my finger on why exactly I loved Stranger Things, seeing that it relied on a lot of horror tropes (flickering lights, jump scares), The Government as a Bad Man, A teenage love triangle. Would it be ditzy of me to say that I loved it because the series felt so sincere and it had a soul? I was immersed in the story, I felt like I was one of the residents of Hawkins, Indiana as opposed to a fly on the wall. It’s as if the makers want you to know that this is a cheesy science fiction drama and enjoy watching the strange creature terrify the wonderful residents of this little town. And once you watch it with that mindset, you’re in for a treat!