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Stranger Things: in a world of quotes

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Waiting for the third season, let’s talk a bit about it. Written and directed by Matt and Ross Duffer, Stranger Things is meant to be a top series for the eighties’ nostalgic audience. In the cast we see Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin. Since the very first lines, quotes abound.

Mike and the other guys hang around on their bikes just like the protagonists in E.T., comunicate through walkie-talkies and play Dungeons & Dragons. Some sequences seem taken from Close encounters of the third kind, some recall The Goonies, and all the horror features seem commemorating John Carpenter or Stephen King’s books (Stand by me). The series’ main character is El, a little girl with superpowers whose drama key echoes the extra-terrestrial ET from Steven Spielberg.

This is something we have already seen. What we mean to talk about, which dazzles us, is the coherence and veracity with which the single characters are developed. The kids are absolutely credible in their roles and this more than anything else strikes the spectator. Everything seems conceivable, you almost feel as if Hawkins (the little town where the story is set) really existed.

The streets, signboards, meeting places, look like living even far from the camera. 8 episodes, each long one hour, launch you into this other world framed in quotes; after some minutes you feel quotes almost disappear, though they keep being there: it’s as if there never was an E.T. before El, or a Mikey Walsh before Mike.

It looks like the big classics and this little jewel are living together in the same world, just in different places. Produced by Camp Hero Productions and 21 Laps Entertainment, it will be available on Netflix from October 27, 2017.

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