Stranger Things 3 | Review
Finally, from yesterday is available on Netflix, the long-awaited third season of Stranger Things, one of the most fascinating of recent years, and what better way to celebrate the American Independence Day of this year, if you do not spend it in a charming town of the United States in which you are preparing the festivities for the 4th of July 1985?
The structure of this series allows its authors, the brothers Duffer, to present every season a new narrative cycle that starts and ends in the space of a few episodes, and this third season is certainly no exception. You will also see the introduction of new characters, plots and themes, all elements that contribute to create a final product that is both diversified and consistent with the previous two seasons (here is my review of the second season of Stranger Things).
TIME WAITS FOR NOBODY
In addition to the thematic supernatural, to which the Stranger Things we've come to expect in this third season is taken very close to a theme linked to the growth and maturation of boys: the inexorable passing of time. Now, as we are Hawkins and not to Winden, the time travel is excluded (except for some of the images taken from Back to the Future, which in 1985 was projected in virtually all of the cinema), for which all changes shown are immutable: the boys are growing up, have different priorities from the spend their days playing D&D, and for this the relations between them are evolving in an unpredictable way.
Another very important change is the opening of a new shopping center, the Starcourt, that if one side has led to the creation of new jobs and is giving to the inhabitants of Hawkins the opportunity to have access to a series of new shops and services, it has also caused a drastic change in the social fabric of the fictional town that is the setting for this bizarre story, causing the closure of several small family stores. And this is only the beginning...
TOGETHER WE STAND, DIVIDED WE STAND
Another very interesting item that concerns the narrative structure of this third season is the fact that the natural evolution of the human relationships between the different protagonists of the story to be used as a great narrative device, to create a scaffold within which everyone has his role, even if, perhaps, not precisely in the way in which we would have expected.
The characters are, in fact, divided into several subgroups, each of which will follow only a particular aspect of the many that you will see in the appearance of which might seem completely disconnected between them, with the end result of a fluid structure showing the same events from different points of view; as if we were inside of a work Cubist, we will find that watch the events from different angles allows you to have a comprehensive overview of the whole series of phenomena, supernatural and not, that threatened once again to undermine the tranquility of Hawkins.
Therefore, the fact that now there is no longer a single cohesive group that works together is not a disadvantage, on the contrary, you will discover in much less time what is really going on.
WHAT WILL REMAIN OF THESE YEARS 80'S?
At the threshold of the 1990's, the sung Italian Raf was precisely this demand, and like him, many children of this decade as me. Well, Stranger Things proves once again the height of task that always aims: to represent in a realistic manner the ’80s in virtually every aspect, from clothing to music to movies, thus creating a product that is on the one hand “operation nostalgia” at times really moving for those who have lived in those years, and on the other the work incredibly fascinating for the younger generations, in this way, they can get an idea of what life was like without mobile phones or the Internet, and how sucks the quality of the music recorded on audio tape.
Of course, this third season of the Stranger Things is full of explicit references and Easter Eggs related to the ’80s (the poster of the 1982 film directed by John Carpenter, The Thing was not put there in case...), and not, I have to admit that during some scenes I actually moved, for their incredible evocative power and for the absolute care with which this decade is represented, which is really very, very realistic.
The cinema, and not only the one of the years ’80 of the ‘900, is consistently celebrated not only thanks to the Easter Egg, but also through some of the scenes that recall films like the Blob – Fluid Deadly, 1958, the already mentioned The Thing, and Society – The Horror, dated 1989, not to mention that, by videogiocatrice, I also saw something that reminded me of the progress of the mental disease of Senua, the protagonist of the mammoth Hellblade – Senua''s Sacrifice, represented in the video game by a black spot on his arm that expands when the girl, suffering from serious psychotic disorders and hallucinations, is defeated in battle.
In this regard, it is also important to emphasize that the setting, chronological, in this as in many other cases, it is functional to the structure and narrative of the story itself: for example, some of the scenes in which the characters have the need of contact between them provide one more effort, just because the events are taking place in an era in which it could be found in every moment.
In short, some sections of the story simply would not have been able to represent you if the story had been set in the present day, and therefore the choice of the ’80s gave way to the brothers Duffer to devise expedients narrative almost completely unenforceable in stories set in the present.
This is the third season of the Stranger Things " has a narrative structure is very solid, with plots that are well-made and fit together with each other in a manner perfectly consistent, strong also great interpretations of the actors, which is always very convincing, and a certain sense of irony and lightness, that pervades the entire work, and that fits well in a context that is otherwise decidedly dramatic.
Suspense, action, scenes splater, twists completely unexpected and shows both comedians embellish a story a lot more dark and dramatic as seen up to this moment in Stranger Things, and that for this as a whole remains steadfast on the levels of narrative are very good, creating a plot so exciting that you will want to devour the entire season in a single day as I did!
Another special mention deserve the special effects, really amazing and very realistic despite the absurdity of what you see, and that makes it possible to view anachronistic a series set in the ’80s, that it seems almost realized in that decade to the meticulous care of the details, but instead belongs to the years 2000 and that this can be represented by using the most modern technological means.
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