Misery, they say, comes in threes. That’s been true of several franchises as well. The third outing has been so bad for Hollywood films that the entire franchise goes for a reboot. Either its so bad or the entire concept faces customer fatigue. We are speaking Batman and Robin (1997), Superman III (1983), which gave way to Superman: The Quest for Peace (1987) and Spider Man 3 (2007). So, now that’s well settled that making an entertaining third part in a franchise is a tall order, here’s our review of Stranger Things 3.
The series sees all the characters returning to their beloved town, Hawkins, Indiana, but there’s evil down below – literally. As the group grows, there’s a lot of teenage stuff going on, love, romance, friendships, moving on, so on and so forth. But before the series slips into a sitcom type of vibe, there’s an evil army trying to awaken evil that’s only too familiar for Hopper, Eleven, The Byers family and everyone whom they know.
What’s Wow : Stranger Things 3 is the pinnacle of nostalgia story telling. The series has matured like few others have and tells a strong, emotional story, all while giving nods at various intervals to 80s and 90s camp and mainstream cinema. Almost every scene and every other character is a nod to characters and incidents that became legendary with age.
Critics might say that the story has been dumbed down a bit this time around, but the Duffer Brothers know what they are doing.
Stranger Things is one of the few legit pop phenoms that we can invest in. The story’s so layered, the characters are so connectable and the basic DNA (80s tropes) are so charming, there’s no way this can go anywhere but up.
The Duffer Brothers could have easily made this a sci-fi with a wafer thin plot and storyline but no – the characters all have their ‘moments’, and evolve right in front of the audience – and that’s what takes this series above epic – it becomes immortal.
What’s Blah : Nothing
Parting Shot : It is a fitting addition to the franchise. This one will have you squeal for a fourth season.
Cast & Crew :
Cast: Wynona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin
Created by: Duffer Brothers
Producers: Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen, Iain Paterson
Watch the trailer here :