Though not a single movie, “Stranger Things 4” has a 13 hour run time that may as well become it’s very own movie marathon weekend.

“Stranger Things 4”

I know that “Stranger Things” is not technically a movie, but in its fourth season, each episode is over an hour long each, adding up to a total run time of about 13 hours. Not only that, but “Stranger Things” was just about the biggest title of the summer. 

This new addition to the “Stranger Things” story has helped to continue the world building and characterization of Hawkins, Indiana. The nine episode series follows four groups in Hawkins, California, Russia and the Upside Down. The show follows these groups as their battle with a new big bad goes slightly awry. 

I wholeheartedly enjoyed the first seven episodes of this season. They were exciting, suspenseful, and helped to really build upon old characters. I did like the new characters such as Eddie Munson, but I think that fans took their personal ideas of the character a little bit too far. I also really enjoyed what they did with Robin and Steve. I may be biased since they’re my two favorite characters, but I think that they did a good job of adding to their stories and making them seem like characters with more at stake.

Max’s grief and hurt is explored more in depth throughout the season, and I genuinely enjoyed how much it expanded her character and made her more relatable. The final two episodes were a little disappointing, but hopefully the sad time jumps and flat endings will make more sense when season five comes out. 

Though the music of this season got incredibly repetitive and annoying fast, I think that the songs the Duffer brothers chose were very fitting for the characters. They paid special attention to the lyrics and tone of the music, which adds a lot to the story that not everyone notices right away. 

Overall, “Stranger Things”  is like the ultimate movie marathon in the form of a TV show. I genuinely enjoyed the new story lines, and I think that this show is fantastic to watch with friends who are also fans. The suspense helps to create an exciting environment while watching.  

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