TV Review: Stranger Things (2016-)

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UNMISSABLE

Stranger Things is a supernatural sci-fi thriller in which a young boy mysteriously disappears and his friends, mother, and brother, as well as the local police chief attempt to get him back. The whole show takes place in 1983 so there is a lot of 80s memorabilia, the characters are well-written, the child-actors did an amazing job, and I love the awesome soundtrack. Stranger Things is like a delicious 8-hour goodie bag full of the best parts of sci-fi in the 80s and it is definitely unmissable!

Kids 12 and up shouldn’t have any trouble watching this unless they get nightmares easily.

Available only on Netflix.

 

Back to the Future Part II (1989)

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In Back to The Future 2, Marty and Doc must go to the future to save Marty’s kids, and when is the future? The future is today, October 21st, 2015! This great sequel is full of clever references to part one and is a bit more cramped then the first, but it still turned out way better then most sequels do! I definitely recommend you watch this film, but be sure to watch part one first because it leads directly into this one!

Available on iTunes and Amazon.

Back to the Future (1985)

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Back to the future is an amazing film about a kid named Marty McFly from the 80s who is accidentally sent back in time to 1955. There are plenty of great characters and witty scenes, it’s also very enjoyable for all ages so if you haven’t already then you should definitely watch Back to The Future, and it’s sequels!

Available on iTunes and Amazon.

Top Gun (1986)

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The characters in Top Gun are not at all likable and it feels kinda drawn out, so I would give it a 2.5. On the other hand it is good for its time, plus the soundtrack isn’t half bad! It’s about a Navy pilot (Tom Cruise) competing to become the best in his class. If you like Tom Cruise you may enjoy this, but if not then I don’t recommend it. I think Top Gun should be fine for kids.

Available on iTunes, Amazon, and Netflix.

Twins (1988)

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This movie is a fantastic comedy for almost all ages and Schwarzenegger’s performance is hilarious! Basically it’s about two twin brothers who don’t meet each other until they are middle aged and it’s also kind of a “fish out of water” story, which is why it reminded me of Blast From The Past from 1999! I suggest this movie to any comedy lover!

Available on iTunes, Amazon, and Netflix.

Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

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I found this to be a good movie! The big thing I noticed is the similarities between Young Sherlock Holmes and the first Harry Potter movie! (Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone) For example, the hall Holmes and Watson are eating in is very similar to the great hall from HP! Here are all the other similarities I noticed:

Dudley (also the name of Harry’s cousin) looks and acts much like Draco Malfoy.

PHolmes, Watson, and Elizabeth are similarly to Harry, Ron, and Hermoine.

The scene in the library where they have a lantern is like the scene where Harry investigates the restricted section.

John and Sherlock take the flying vehicle from Elizabeth’s uncle’s shop, which at least reminds me of Ron and Harry taking Ron’s dad’s car.

The scene near the end in the pyramid was similar to the scenes from around the same time in the movie in HP with the chess pieces and the guy with turbin! This scene also reflects Steven Sielperg’s involvement with this movie, as he works on the Indiana Jones franchise.

Also the scene with all the sweets attacking John reminded me of the scene where Ron and Harry are tricking Crab and Goyle with cupcakes.

The soundtrack in the action scences is similar.

Finally the general cinematic feel is very alike.

The reason these are so similar is because this movie actually came out before J.K Rowling wrote Harry Potter, so the books could be inspired by Young Sherlock Holmes, also Chris Columbus was involved in 3 Harry potter movies as well as Young Sherlock!

I would recommend this movie to a family audience that doesn’t mind a few cliches!

Available on iTunes and Amazon.