ON Netflix: Stranger Things an unrealistic depiction of life in 2017

ON Netflix: Stranger Things an unrealistic depiction of life in 2017


Series features outdated technology and fashion

Netflix’s Stranger Things has captivated audiences and introduced compelling young talents. However, focused storytelling and performances can only get you so far; Stranger Things has a serious problem and it’s rooted in its visual aesthetic.

Stranger Things has somehow managed to create a visual style that is instantly dated, leaving the viewer to ask, “What were they thinking?”

Everything from the set design to the props and choice of vehicles feels dated — as though it is a relic of some bygone era.

Though other films and television series have suffered a similar fate, few feel so dated from the get-go.

Take, for example, a film like Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The prequel’s dated CGI has started to show its age, cementing the film as a visual relic, but when it first came out it at least enjoyed a brief period at the cutting edge.

Why then does a series with the production budget of Stranger Things somehow manage to seem immediately out of date?

Simple changes could have made a huge difference. For example, instead of using cassette players, characters could have streamed their favorite ’80s jams over Apple Music. Instead of taking on the monster with a slingshot, our heroes could have used their fidget spinners like ninja stars.

The only thing we can hope for now is, in the tradition of Star Wars, a re-release using CGI to fix these painfully obvious issues. Until such a day comes, however, Stranger Things just doesn’t get what life in 2017 is like.

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