I’m terrible at making time for watching TV shows or films that everyone else is raving about – other than Game of Thrones and Doctor Who.
So, in the spirit of Halloween and the spooky season, I thought I’d give the Netflix series Stranger Things a watch and review it for you! Whether you’ve seen the show or you’re looking to see whether you think you’d like it, read on!
The storyline of Stranger Things is set in a fictional town called Hawkins in Indiana, USA in the 1980’s. It follows a very familiar 80’s pop-culture, horror drama theme, and focuses on the disappearance of a young boy named Will Byers under mysterious circumstances.
Following the story from a variety of viewpoints, Stranger Things is actually a pretty deep show, depicting the anguish and desperation of Will’s Mother (Winona Ryder) trying anything to communicate with her son, the frustration of Chief Jim Hopper who is frantically trying to understand what is going on in his town, and the group of Will’s friends who are hell-bent on finding their friend.
There’s also a sinister, psychokinetic girl who is simply known as Eleven who seems to know where Will is… but will she enlighten those who are looking for him?
Now, I’m not going to lie; I’m not really one for jumping on the bandwagon when it comes to shows, especially if everyone is going crazy over them just out of the blue. However, I did find myself being really drawn into the storyline of Stranger Things.
Eleven is a completely fascinating character, and Millie Bobby Brown is an incredible actress. I loved seeing her flashbacks – it gave the audience some idea of why she was there and what she was doing.
I also loved the way in which the story unfolded. Pretty much every character became involved somehow, and although the ending came more suddenly than I thought, it’s left it open for what I imagine will be an incredible second series.
I’m not a big fan of the horror genre anyway, so although I did really enjoy it (and I will be watching season two when it airs) it didn’t really grab me as much as it appears to have grabbed others.
Now, I’m not saying that the show is rubbish or that it should cater to my preferences; I’m simply saying I didn’t get the hype as much as everyone else seems to have. The monster scared me at moments, and yes, there were parts where I had the remote in my hand ready to turn it off at the next jump scare, but that’s not really my kind of show.
So, what does this mean? Am I happy with how Stranger Things turned out?
I am. I thoroughly enjoyed my time watching it, and I couldn’t stop watching, but I do have to say that it isn’t my kind of TV show. I’ll gladly watch season two, but I won’t be counting down the days until it airs like I will be with Daredevil or Game of Thrones.
What did you think of Stranger Things?