Stranger Things 4 Review

Stranger Things 4 Review: Stranger Things Season 4 is dedicatedly macabre and terrifying, and Sukanya Verma applauds the show’s deadly goals and unpredictable tempo for keeping the audience on the edge of their seats.

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Stranger Things 4 Review

While binge-watching the fourth season of the long-awaited, long-delayed Stranger Things, I didn’t look at my watch once.

I had no choice but to look when I did.

The gigantic, scary grandfather clock was right there on the screen, ticking tocking every time its victim was around the bend, laying the mood for a horrific attack in the spirit of a slasher flick.

Everyone has been debating whether it’s hara-kiri, indulgence, or incompetence since The Duffer Brothers disclosed the actual running duration of season four split into two abnormally long volumes.
Volume 1 contains seven episodes and was released on Netflix on May 27, but the final two mini-movie-length episodes will be released on July 1 in Volume 2. 78 minutes is a breeze for someone who enjoys K-dramas.

‘Time is funny like that,’ one character says early on, addressing the elephant in the room. It can be sped up or slowed down depending on how you’re feeling.’

The Duffer Brothers leave it up to the audience to judge whether or not what they have painstakingly constructed is worth paying attention to.
Stranger Things has smoothly slid into mainstream culture consciousness since its breakthrough premiere in 2016.

What began as an ecstatic game of find-all-the-’80s-references and hat-tips to everyone from Steven Spielberg to Stephen King has grown into its own entity.
Stranger Things is revolutionary not because of its borrowed nostalgia, but because of how seamlessly it blends back in time.

It never felt like a throwback to a bygone period.

That was the time period.

A strong cast is responsible for a large part of the film’s success.

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The Duffer Brothers discovered kids who were not only the face and ideals of the 1980s but also sharp minds we wanted to learn more about and root for.
Likewise, apprehensive, restless young folks are on the verge of blossoming. And the few adults it did manage to enlist contributed just the proper amount of heaviness and warmth.

Nobody knew how long these experiences would last back then.

Because the kids have grown up and cute has given way to awkward, it helps that we like them more for their intelligence and sensitivity.

Things are now coming to a natural end in and outside Hawkins after a three-year wait (which has been difficult even for die-hard fans). (However, you’ll need to be patient.) Season five, also known as the last season, is now in the works.)

Eleven (Millie Bobbie Brown) is dealing with monsters of the Mean Girls sort at her new school in California three months after the Battle of Starcourt stole her of her superpowers, while Will’s (Noah Schnapp) delicately hinted sexual conflict continues.
Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) and his pizza delivery pal Argyle (new character alert: Eduardo Franco) are always as happy as a kite, while Joyce (Winona Ryder) takes care of the Joyce stuff.

Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) have joined a nerdy Dungeons and Dragons club led by Eddie Munson (new character alert: Joseph Quinn), while Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) has joined the cool jocks club led by blue-eyed basketball sensation Jason (new character alert: Mason Dye).

Max (Sadie Sink) is still plagued by the terrible death of his brother Billy (Dacre Montgomery) last season.

Everyone is straying away from what they desire from themselves or their pals, and they are in denial about it.

Not so much for Steve’s (Joe Keery) and Robin’s (Maya Hawke) hilarious conversation, which now takes place in a video rental store rather than a mall. When Steve’s feisty ex Nancy (Natalia Dyer) enters the picture, however, the equation takes on a whole new meaning.

But it’s Vecna, a scary new enemy on the scene with Freddy Krueger-like abilities, who preys on unsuspecting individuals’ minds, resulting in gruesome scenes of annihilation.

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The lives of Hawkins residents are once again at risk, and Eddie is being blamed for the deeds of an alternate dimension inhabiting demon.
His Dungeons & Dragons passion is considered satanic by flag bearers of morality, alluding to the hysteria caused by the role-playing fantasy game at the time.

Eleven must rise to the occasion before Vecna’s aggression and villain origins are revealed, even if it means confronting the most deeply buried terrible facts of her lab rat existence.

While Vecna is undergoing psionic training, her supporters pass the time by acting as mini-Sherlock Holmes, searching for clues and connections to the enigmatic link between Vecna and Victor Creel (new character alert: Robert Englund), a gruesome-looking guy convicted of horrible crimes.

On the other hand, Hopper (David Harbour) has escaped the frying pan and landed in fire (as revealed in the trailer) — an unsettling Russian prison inhabited by a murderous beast. Hopper’s only chance of escaping is if Joyce and Murray (Brett Gelman) can save him.

New couples are created, and new chemistry is established, as is customary.

However, the era of romance and innocence is passed, and science fiction and horror now reign supreme.

Season 4 is dedicatedly macabre and threatening, with its deadly ambitions and fast-paced pacing keeping the audience on the edge of their seats.

However, the substance is deliriously sprawling.

Stranger Things‘ uneven texture is due to the fact that it must accommodate a large number of individuals, each with their own goals and personalities.

Someone is attempting to flee from prison, someone is involved in a ransom exchange, someone has volunteered to be a part of an underground human experiment, someone is posing as a psychology student to meet a deadly criminal, someone is involved in a high-speed road chase, someone from the military is threatening someone from the CIA, someone is writing goodbyes, someone is discovering the Internet, and someone is dodging bullies, parents, or cops.

I was thoroughly entertained.

Things are never boring.

They simply devolve into chaos.

And it’s all quite immersive. (Best viewed on the largest screen available in a dark, empty room.)

Stranger Things 4 Review
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The Russian detour, on the other hand, seemed a little corny and drawn out to me.
Joyce and Hopper’s absence from Upside Down feels like the only time Duffer Brothers overindulge a little, despite the brilliance on exhibit and the effort they go to.

Eleven confronting the source of her talents, urged by a seductive lab nurse (new character alert: Jamie Campbell Bower), may appear tedious at first, but the result is well worth the grind.

As always, the acting is heartfelt.

Although all of the original members perform admirably, Sink and Hawke steal the show.

Quinn and Bower are two of the brand new arrivals that have quickly become fan favorites.

It’s also good to see Nancy in action, as well as the rekindled romance between her and Steve.

In the absence of evil, good becomes lonely.

Stranger Things has often revealed its most threatening face.

‘This depravity is like a virus,’ says the narrator. It comes back stronger, smarter, and deadlier each time.’ The first volume identifies the dangers. Volume 2 intends to burn it to the ground.

The countdown to July has begun.

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