Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp, Caleb McLaughlin, Sadie Sink, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, and ensemble.
Creator: Duffer Brothers (Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer).
Director: Duffer Brothers, Shawn Levy, and Nimród Antal.
Streaming On: Netflix
Language: English (with subtitles).
Runtime: 7 Episode Around 1 hr 25 Minutes Each.
Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 1 review: What it’s all about:
So season 3 was Jim Hopper (David) sacrificing himself to save the world and kicking the door down. He, aka Eleven, aka Jane, loses his superpowers and has to live with the burden of regret and the eventual pain of losing her father, Powers and Hawkins, while moving to California with Joyce, Jonathan and Will. 6 months after the events of last season, it is revealed that the Upside Down is still active and there is a new monster now controlling it. How the gang will figure it out and kill him is season 4. Well Hopper is alive! Boom, no spoilers!
Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 1 Review: What Works:
With Stranger Things, the Duffer Brothers have broken the mold of entertaining kids, adults, and toddlers (like me) in one room over the years. There are visual scares for children and an entertaining story for adults. The fact that the Hawkins gang have grown old with the show and we’re with them makes it even more three-dimensional. So when two versions of L, one almost 10 years old and the other current, stand face to face, you can feel the amount of time you’ve spent with this amazing show. The creators manage to add nostalgia and a lot of great novelty to the old story, without going overboard. Each episode is about 90 minutes long and you won’t even notice it.
The best part is that the Duffer Brothers respect their investment and don’t make Season 4 another “new day, new act” season. Rather, they make it an emotional saga of all the emotionally charged people fighting the evils around them and this time everyone has a specific fight and they don’t just defeat the ones upside down. So technically, everyone in season 4 lives in penury. Whether it’s the pain of losing a father and Powers (L) or losing a brother who recovered minutes before he died (Max and Billy) or the anger of seeing his lover explode with villains but couldn’t save. So it’s that pain, love, anger and longing (for some) that fuels things for everyone.
They have all grown up and are navigating their lives. The biggest question facing season 4 was how they would shape a season in which L forgot about his superpowers. What will she do? Trust that the Duffer Brothers are probably inspired by Steven Spielberg, because they make him a man. She is a misfit outside of the gang and feels vulnerable and harassed when she goes to school without them. There is plenty of terror in Season 4, but it doesn’t necessarily come from the dark halls of Ulta or Ugly Vecna, but from circumstance. A girl who was once able to move a mountain is now being bullied, a piece of evil is inside of Max, Nancy is busy mixing her heart between Jonathan and Steve. With real visual horror, there’s a lot.
The fact that He is powerless gives everyone else a chance to shine. Because everyone is human now and the perspective is the same. The writing matures as the characters mature and it’s a win.
The tech department grows and improves as they now create a monster that talks and is even more powerful, while the human race is powerless. The writing is entertaining and the direction is even more intriguing. The old world charm of the 80’s is still alive and beautiful.
Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 1 Review: Star Performance:
This season’s winner has to be Sadie Sink, who plays Max. Of course they all do their best again and some add a few more, with Max portraying the feelings of a girl on the verge of death with such conviction. Although she is broken inside, she does not let the great vibration of her die. Take home the trophy girl!
Also Millie Bobby Brown, who also has a lot on her plate. He definitely had to completely redesign her L on his head. Because she no longer solves her problems by raising her hand, screaming and spilling a drop of blood from her nose. Now her reflections are human and she has to learn the hard way. The actor intervened.
Gaten and Joe’s chemistry wins hearts, as does Maya, as she casually drops some of the show’s funniest lines. Priya Ferguson and her intimidating attitude of her, and I’m a fan. I refuse to believe he doesn’t have a prolific actor at least three times his age.
Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 1 Review: What’s Not Working:
I get that there’s a lot to deal with this season and the canvas is double what we’ve seen so far, but perhaps exploring Mike’s *uality would have added another wonderful layer.
The new members haven’t blossomed yet and it’s been almost 11 hours (7 episodes). They deserved more in Volume 1 and it hurts.
Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 1 Review: Final Words:
While this is the most entertaining season yet, it’s a win. It’s a testament that no matter how high-end a product is, it’s the quality that grabs the audience’s attention. There’s no reason why you can’t watch the new season sooner rather than later!
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