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The Duffer Brothers Respond to Stranger Things Critics

The Duffer brothers acknowledge that stranger things refers to many popular movies from the 80s, but they don’t think that’s why the Netflix series is so popular.

“If the show only worked because of the nostalgia you feel about bringing that particular piece of music back or referencing that moment in a movie you love,” Matt Duffer Told The New York Times“so yeah, it wouldn’t work with a 10 year old.”

Ross Duffer said they paid homage to iconic films, but added that it was more important to “discover how to tell this story and tell it well.”

The Duffer Brothers have been criticized for being too derived from filmmakers like Steven Spielbergwith the New York Times describing early reviews of the show as saying it was “little more than 80s karaoke”. The article mentions one of stranger things‘greatest critics, Slate writer Willa Paskinwho wrote that the series “misunderstands a key element of Spielberg’s work”.

The Duffers’ Mentor M.Night Shyamalan also thinks the brothers have a ways to go, saying, “I think their style will continue to evolve.”


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