Review: The Sandman Is One Of Netflix’s Best, Boldest, Most Creative Series Yet

“The Endless” – death, Delirium Desire, Despair destiny, destruction, and Dream. Seven siblings, incarnations of the nature-inspired forces all with distinct kingdoms and huge power. The siblings’ machinations play a central role in The Sandman, Netflix the newest of its series and undoubtedly one of the most significant and most expansive innovative series up to now: it truly is a success.

At the beginning of the series, the characters encounter Dream (Tom Sturridge) on his way to capture a rogue dream (The Corinthian performed by Boyd Holbrook) when ill-targeted black magic takes the man. In a bind for too long, the natural world and the dream world suffer, nightmares roam in the world, and the dream world begins to unravel. He must bring back his power and kingdom, thwart his rogue demons, and face new threats through a new and larger-than-life story.

Tom Sturridge is an excellent Dream with a strong sense of magical energy and an increasing sense of compassion. Kirby Howell-Baptiste is a perfect choice for Death. She’s empathetic and charming with the warm, cozy vibe you’d like to be welcomed with when you exit the mortal world. Boyd Holbrook is a frightful Corinthian with an enigmatic charisma. Gwendoline Christie plays a terrifying, powerful Lucifer (she has to be everywhere). Jenna Coleman is an elite Johanna Constantine, and Patton Oswalt sounds exactly like Matthew the Raven should. The casting director should get… Well, an increase since everyone has a voice.

The series excels at cinematography and worldbuilding. It feels like it is remarkably similar to the source material, with a richness of scale and depth that are fun to watch. The series gives viewers a bizarre story and an enveloping sense of and sense of realism. It’s one of the most beautiful series that Netflix has created, with the right amount of light, color as well as dimension… the show can be so off it feels small or lose the tone, but it does not. It’s thrilling, frightening, or otherworldly when it’s needed to be. This is evidently due to Neil Gaiman’s active involvement, David S. Goyer, and Allan Heinberg’s love for the story.

The main problem with the show overall is that some subplots aren’t fleshed out or interconnected enough to make sense. It’s a lengthy series, but some aspects of the plot will be elaborated upon later or need to be altered for the screen. Certain connections might be more precise for viewers, but we learn that Dream’s detention and the next challenge have an even more complicated background than we initially thought (to keep spoilers out). We know the person behind it. However, the show so far does not explain the reason. A lack of explanations can confuse these plotlines, the connections involved, and the significance of some scenes that are too brief. They are significant plot elements quickly relegated to the background and then forgotten about in the first season.

That being said, The Sandman is a great film that does the right thing and looks great. The vast world’s performances are excellent, and it’s a highly special-feeling tale. It’s bold. It’s fun. It’s dreamy. If Netflix is searching for a show that will genuinely draw audiences in to experience a more expansive postStranger Things or Stranger Things world, They’ve discovered it.

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Samatha Vale
Samatha a senior writer for HC's entertainment team. She is an entreprenuer, mother and an excellent writer. She's also an avid reader, music enthusiast and all around inquisitive person - which is just a nice way of saying she's nosy.

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