Creators: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Cast: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard
This series come across like Goonies, Stand By Me, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Firestarter and Watchers. Ho yes it is the 80’s again all over and it is the most addictive show so far.
Set in a small, midwestern town during the mid-1980s, “Stranger Things” is a group of 12-year-old nerds who band together to play Dungeons & Dragons (yes I remember those days) and run their mid-school’s A/V club. Will suddenly goes missing, however, Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) wants to look for him. What they find instead around the nearby woods, is a mysterious young girl named Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) somehow linked to a secret government facility hidden on the border of the town. Meanwhile, Will’s divorced and mentally unstable mother (’80s kid Winona Ryder) starts going nuts , believing that her son is trying to communicate with her from the other side. Also, there appears to be some scary, thing running around kidnapping people. Throw in some well-meaning but clueless adults, a couple of older teenagers on a romantic collision course and an evil government scientists (Matthew Modine), and you’ve got the coolest ’80s mini-series ever made.
They manipulated a few things here and voila. And yes there is a lot of newcomer here who has done an outstanding job for the first time doing a series. The thing is its take you back in time and it is fun to watch. Even Ryder who is loosing it and wants her son back is on the verge of a nervous breakdown has a perfect performance here. Have fun with that one.