The Duffer Brothers light up this Independence Day with some much needed 80’s flare
The gang is back (minus Bob) and at it again in this thrilling new chapter. The greatly anticipated third season of Stranger Things, directed by Shawn Levy and created by Matt and Ross Duffer, comes out July 4th. Last season centered around Halloween and was released that Halloween season; so it’s very fitting for this explosive tale to coincide with the Fourth of July. Set in the summer of 1985, these 80’s throwbacks will leave you craving an 80’s revolution. The writers packed in classic references, delicious product placements, bright imaginative fashion, and hit songs that fit perfectly to the tone.
Stranger Things has grown so much along with all the characters. We can clearly see the growth of Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Mike (Fin Wolfharn), Lucas (Caleb Mclaughlin) and Will (Noah Schnapp). The children we knew from season one are now budding individuals in the beginning of puberty. This leaves room for some comedy gold as we dive into the classic but delicate ways different parents go over “the talk”. How does Hopper deal with his adoptive daughter now that she is growing up and spending all her time in her room with a boy? The writers capture the unique timing of a group of friends as they grow away from each other while also fighting to stay together. We have seen these characters form a strong bond, having gone through several catastrophic events. Now you see the children lean on one another and grow up quickly because of it. The teenagers are still very young but when things are going wrong every character steps up and fills in their respective roles, much like an experienced group of D&D players.
Season three is the best season to come from this franchise. The hits are harder. The stakes and the drama are dialed up to the max. Each episode seems to flow into the next with non-stop action and adventure. The dreaded lull of Netflix specials are gone at last as every moment seems to have something important or entertaining. The rules of the game are changing. What started out as a mystery/drama that intrigued audiences reminding them of classics like E.T. now feels like a horror sci-fi thriller with comedic moments. Sort of like a Ghostbusters and Alien mashup. The cinematography was very well done. The emotions displayed and acting scenes were powerful and moving. Millie Bobby Brown, along with the entire cast, blew me away with fantastic performances. This season was definitely my favorite of the series by far, and I would whole-heartedly recommend you give it a watch.
Stranger Things Season 3
- Music score was amazing
- Immersed in the era
- Incredible acting
- Written and executed to near perfection
- Classic horror tropes
- Obvious product placement
- Not intended for children of all ages
- Constantly shouting at each other
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