Stranger Things season 4 (part2) ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali
When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl. Available to watch on Netflix.
As I’m writing this Season 4 is breaking all the records and it’s not only become the most seen thing on Netflix’s history, but it even made the site crash last Friday when the last two episodes were finally released. So basically nothing I say will ever make an iota of difference to how people feel about it, but I still want to contribute to the public forum, though unlike these last two episodes of the latest season of Stranger Things, I’m going to try to keep it short.
First of all I want to talk about the lengths of this second half of season 4. Did it need to be sooooo long (the last episode clocks in at 2 hours and 20 minutes)? The simple answer is of course no.
And yet, we all seemed to have watched it (All 27 hours so far). But let’s be honest, things did seem do drag on a little bit too much (at least for my taste), though I bet some fans could have watched twice as much and not complain.
It can be argued that the extended running time made it feel more epic and more important than it actually proved to be.
Let’s face it, nothing that happened over the last four hours could not have been said in at least half of the time.
It’s also surprising how, despite the bloated duration, the show still felt slightly inconclusive and left not just the overall ending hanging but many questions and subplots unanswered, including the very obvious one about Will’s sexuality (he is clearly in love with Mike. Prove me wrong).
Overall I can’t help feeling slightly disappointed. It all pretty much felt like it was ticking the most predictable boxes as it slowly unfolded. Every long-winded confession, every cheesy goodbye, every over-the-top confrontation went exactly as we expected and not because of all the (intentional) references from past blockbusters, but just because very little was surprising, imaginative, original or even shocking. Not even the death scenes felt very brave.
And as the script got more and more basic, corny and cheap, we were forced to witness to people having to explain the plot to each other, evil monsters revealing their plan aloud and characters working out exactly what they were meant to do without any real insight, just because the plot required them to do so.
The whole thing just got too big and self-important and crucially seems to have lost that tender warmth and sweet humour that made the original season so special.
There you go, I promised I’d keep it short.
I’ll just say that my three stars rating feels a little bit generous and has mostly to do with its production values, which are still quite high.
Andrea Carnevali is a Bafta winning film maker who lives in Chiswick
Stranger Things (Season 4, part 2) is available to watch on Netflix.
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