Stranger Things | The Shows of Television | Forum
Not sure if anybody besides the bots are even on the forum, but I figured I'd start a topic on Stranger Things since everybody seems to dig this show.
Everybody but me, that is. I mean, it's certainly not "bad" but I'm having trouble understanding why so many people are obsessed with it. Ok, I get it, it's an homage to 80s horror and Amblin movies just like Super 8. It has John Carpenter-y like synth music just like every indie horror movie of the last 5 years. But at least stuff like Scream or It Follows work not just as homage, but they also adds their own original and creative story; this is literally just Firestarter meets The Goonies but not as good as either (with shades of Watchers and The Keep and Fringe and Nightmare on Elm Street and that M83 video from a few years back.) If all you're doing is referencing things and not expanding or improving on them, isn't this one step removed from those Epic Movie/Superhero Movie comedies? Are people this easily impressed now?
I mean, it's competent and well-acted, but it's also slow as molasses- every single plot point is supposed to be mysterious but it just comes across as vague and underwritten. Say what you will about Lost - it dropped the ball on the mystery, it had too many questions unanswered, I get it. But you can't tell me there weren't some great scenes and memorable characters in there. And as much as I didn't like Super 8, there was at least a star-making turn from Elle Fanning and some (cheap) tearjerking moments (mostly courtesy of the score). There's nothing that interesting here - it's not funny, it's not really scary, there's a few cool shots and cool moments but it's all few and far between. The season "villain" Matthew Modine has zero character and like 5 lines of dialogue. We've spent EIGHT HOURS with these people, isn't that enough time to make him at least as interesting as say, George C. Scott from Firestarter?
Maybe somebody here can let me know what I'm missing. I wanted to like this one alot, I really did. Of note - apparently the internet fell in love with "Barb" a character who's in this for about 5 minutes and says or does nothing of note. Tumblers were made and hashtags were made about this complete nonentity of a character, and it really makes me wonder if I'm completely out of touch or just too old for this shit.
Hot take: The Duffer Brothers' last series they worked on, Wayward Pines, was better than this. Even though the plot was yet another riff on Lost and you spent several episodes wondering what the hell is going on, it revealed info to you at a generous rate so you never got frustrated, and the twist, when revealed about halfway through, was FANTASTIC. Stranger Things has the pacing of a mystery box-type story but everything is exactly what you think it is, and everything that you think will happen happens (if that makes any sense).
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