Stranger Things (Season 2)

Ever since Duffer brothers announced the release date for the second season of Stranger Things, fans have been eagerly waiting for the Halloween weekend to come. The trailer too promised a darker and stranger sequel. So does it fulfill its promise? Let’s find out.

Almost a year after Will was rescued from the Demogorgan, he starts experiencing nightmares which connect him to an evil force from the ‘Upside Down’ world. At the same time, some strange things start happening in the town of Hawkins. Are these things connected? What does the evil force wants?

The writing and story structuring is almost perfect across the entire season. The story gets divided into multiple branches where different characters are solving different problems. At the end, all the strings come together seamlessly and connect the dots perfectly. You can also see the changes and the maturity in the characters as the story reaches the end.

The first two episodes are little slow which just connect the viewers to the first season and sets up the curiosity to binge race the entire season. Season 2 is bigger and better than the first season. Few new characters are introduced which are only supporting. The old characters truly drive the show with their superb acting. The essence of the story and the characters are maintained. Season 2 lives up to the expectations and even goes beyond. 

To summarize, Stranger Things still remains one of the best shows currently on Netflix and better than any other over-hyped shows out in the world. Like always, the ending will make you well up and wait eagerly for season 3.

Rating: πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹ & 1/2

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Genre: Science fiction, Horror, Supernatural

Created by: The Duffer Brothers

Starring: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, Matthew Modine, Noah Schnapp, Joe Keery, Sadie Sink, Dacre Montgomery, Sean Astin, Paul Reiser

Music by: Kyle Dixon, Michael Stein

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Geostorm

The story of Geastorm is set in the near future where global warming has reached its peak resulting in alarming climate changes. To tackle this situation all Nations come together and construct a worldwide network of satellites that can control the climate and keep any storm at bay. But this system starts malfunctioning after few years and can only be repaired by its creator Jake Lawson, played by Gerard Butler.

Geostorm also stars other actors like Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish and Ed Harris, who play important roles in the film. It is directed and co-written by Dean Devlin, who was the writer and producer of Independence Day and the 1998 Godzilla remake.

In the lines of The Day After Tomorrow & 2012, Geostorm is a cliched disaster film which tries to be different & slick. Though the concept is interesting it fails to make an impact because of the poor acting, hollow screenplay and average VFX disaster scenes.

The positives are that the movie is fast-paced with the right amount of humor at the right places, which doesn’t really give you time to think about any flaws. The film never goes overboard with emotions or action sequences. The length of the film is under 2 hours which works in its favor.

If you are looking for an entertaining film to watch this weekend, give Geostorm a try. Keep logic aside and you will be entertained. 

Rating: πŸ’‹πŸ’‹ & 1/2

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Directed by: Dean Devlim

Written by: Dean Devlin, Paul Guyot

Starring: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara, Richard Schiff, Robert Sheehan, Daniel Wu, Eugenio Derbez, Ed Harris, Andy GarcΓ­a

Blade Runner 2049

Last year Denis Villeneuve won us over with his slow-paced, brainy sci-fi film ‘Arrival’, which was critically acclaimed and also worked at the box office. This year he is back with his next film which is a sequel to Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi film Blade Runner.

Blade Runner 2049 takes the original story forward with a leap of 30 years. β€œK”, played by Ryan Gosling, is a detective working for the LAPD and hunts down replicants, who are bioengineered humans created as a labor force. ‘K’ comes across a surprising discovery buried near the home of a target and the investigation leads him to a startling revelation about the world and himself. We won’t tell you more about the story because the real joy is in discovering it yourself.

The story is engaging and has lots of things to discover and explore. The cinematography, production design and architecture is marvelous and it brings you right into the world of Blade Runner. Director Denis Villeneuve successfully keeps the essence of the first film and also adds his own creative touches.

Harrison Ford reprises his role of Rick Deckard, who connects the stories of the two films. We also have Jared Leto playing the role of Wallace, who is the creator of new age replicants and wants to eradicate all the old ones.

The duration of the film is over 2 and a half hours, which doesn’t really concern for the experience it gives. This film is for the viewers who are comfortable with slow-paced suspenseful sci-fi films. It’s not a blockbuster type action-packed film. The fans of the older Blade Runner film will surely enjoy it. 

(Note: It would be helpful to watch the first film to understand the few details, the characters and the feel of the film)

Rating: πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹

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Directed by Denis Villeneuve

Screenplay by: Hampton Fancher, Michael Green

Story by: Hampton Fancher

Starring:  Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista

Cinematography: Roger Deakins

Stranger Things (Season 1)

Stranger Things is a sci-fi, horror web series created by the Duffer Brothers. The story revolves around the disappearance of a young boy and the struggle of his mother, his brother, a police chief, and his friends in order to get him back.

Set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s, Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) gets disappeared after he encounters a supernatural creature. His traumatized mother Joyce(Winona Ryder) along with Jim Hopper(David Harbour), who is the police chief, start searching for him. The investigation slowly uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments and terrifying supernatural forces. The most interesting characters are Will’s three best friends Mike(Finn Wolfhard), Lucas(Caleb McLaughlin) and Dustin(Gaten Matarazzo) who fearlessly try to find Will with the help of Eleven(Millie Bobby Brown), a young girl with psychokinetic abilities.

The show grips you from the first scene itself. As the story is based in the 80’s, we don’t see much of high tech gadgets and labs. Still, it is a pretty good sci-fi story. Not too much of VFX used, which makes it more real and believable.

Stranger Things is one of the best Netflix shows till date. It is a great blend of sci-fi, thriller, horror and drama. It is just perfect. You have to binge watch the series to satisfy your curiosity.

Rating – πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹ & 1/2

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Genre: Science fiction, Horror, Supernatural, Period drama

Created by: The Duffer Brothers

Starring: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, Matthew Modine, Noah Schnapp, Joe Keery, Sadie Sink, Dacre Montgomery