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Netflix's captivating Sandman adaptation is worth the decades-long wait

FFirst,Sandmanis displayed on the screen. Fans of Neil Gaiman's classic fantasy horror comic series broke the New YorkTimesbest-selling list between 1989 and 1996, creating a spin-off and sequel to the entire universe. I was waiting for this moment. About 30 years. At first it was supposed to be a movie. Later, as Hollywood continued to adopt other Gayman's work, it declined in development hell:CoralinStardustHow to Talk to Girls at a PartyStreaming The times brought the television series based onAmerican gods,good precursors, and evenLucifer, Characters introduced in SandmanHowever, various adaptations of Gaiman's masterpieces are the creative differences betweenbad scriptsand

plagued me and kept getting stuck. The 36} Sandman series is finally here. This is Executive Producer Gaiman, David S. Goyer (Foundation), and Showrunner Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman). And it turns out that the show is worth the wait, with a warning that it probably won't please some sectors of vocal fandom that have spent decades in anticipation. From smart casting and powerful writing to exquisite spooky noir and horror production designs that take advantage of digital effects, this is easily one of the best small-screen comic adaptations ever.

"Sandman" Gwendoline Christie


Sandman dates back to the golden age of the 1930s inDC Comics, but Gayman's version is complete Reinvented the wheel. Known as Dream, Morpheus, and other mythical names, the title character dominates the realm of dreams and stories as part of a family of anthropomorphic expressions of the forces of nature called Endless. (Desire and Despair are two of his seven brothers.) "When the awakening world wants and tires you," in the open sequence of the show, the camera is a nightmare graveyard and captivating. Dream says as he wipes out the fantasy palace. Sleep brings you here and finds freedom and adventure.

Encounter Dream (a moving and vulnerable Tom Sturridge recently seen on HBO'sIrma Vep) in both comics and television series. The day of his eternal life. It was in 1916, when members of the Occult Order gathered in British estate for a ritual hoping to summon death. This allows her to be locked in an orb and forced her to bid on her. Instead, the dream is endless, as he has landed in a world awakening in pursuit of a "nightmare," also known as the Corinthian (Boyd Holbrook), causing havoc to humans and entertaining himself. He has spent a tough century in his prison and is too proud to buy his freedom by agreeing to the demands of his mortal prisoner of war (Charles Dance).

This is essentially a prologue of Dream's escape and his return to the kingdom. It has now collapsed and is almost abandoned. With the help of his most loyal adjutant, the dream librarian Lucienne (Vivian Achampon) and his whimsical crow buddy Matthew (voiced byPatton Oswalt), he has the power to rebuild. You need to get back the three looted objects that hold the. In the first six episodes, fairly close to the first volume of the comic,Prelude and Nocturne, the quest takes him back to Earth and literally passes through the Gates of Hell. In the second half of the season, if unavoidable, suddenly in a parallel volume 2,dollhousecentered around a young woman looking for her, Rose Walker (her own Vanness Wu Yai). Shift He is her younger brother, who has been missing for a long time, and although unknown to her, has the potential to cause mass destruction.

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More convincing than these serialized arcs and their protagonists. s Mysterious Realm — Episode story, one-off set piece, strange supporting role. In the best episode of the season,consistently placed the dreaded David Thewlison a 24-hour diner as the mentally ill John Dee (also known as DC's Doctor Dee Destiny), the power gained from the dream. With a handful of employees and customers, they interact honestly only once in their lives. A multi-part symphony of conflict, confessions and violence follows. In fact, it's an improvement over the diner problem that is popular with Gayman fans. Everywhere there is such a wonderful distorted notion: a tournament for serial killers, a dream realm cain (San Jive Bascal) killing Abel (Asim Chaudhry) who is constantly self-resurrected, with a dream every 100 people. Some thoughts on the year for the man Beer, who was given immortality in 1389, and why he still likes to live.

Casting has always been important to this project, and Netflix'sSandmanabsolutely nails it. That doesn't necessarily mean finding an actor who most closely resembles a cartoon character. Lucifer Morning Star, the fallen angel of the Bible that dominates hell, is famous for resembling theDavid Bowieof the late '60s thick-haired folk singer era. Here, the character is played byGwendoline Christie, like the statue ofGame of Thrones. Despite being a woman, he embodies Lucifer's fascinating unfriendlyness. Kirby Howell Baptist adds a wonderfully wise and gentle twist to death, comforting the newly deceased and sending them to the post-mortem world. Hedwig and the Angry InchMastermindAnyone who wants to cast John Cameron Mitchellas a Florida boarding house owner and drug cabaret singer deserves a bonus. Dreams are like a straight person in a very strange way, but Sturridge has the right combination of baby's face and frown. No wonder he beat about 200 other actors for that role.

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It has theoretically been so far to make programs in CGI-heavy genres look good. It's easier than ever, but it wasn't. t stopped thestudio, which is as deep in pocket as Marvel, from failing repeatedly. SandmanProduction designer Gary Steele (Outlander) makes much more use of visual effects. Many of the dream kingdoms, hell, and other supernatural spatial landscapes are clearly computer-generated. In most cases, these elements are deliberately animated, much like a very detailed version of comic art. Still, the awakened world looks much like our planet, with bars, greasy spoons, and dark alleys more concentrated and noisy.

This image complements storytelling that is faithful to Guyman's sensibility. A combination of fantasy metaphors, literary and pop culture references, Gothic aesthetics, and a global mythical archetype that thinks in its own way about how people think in their own way. Sometimes we use the Almighty heroes and villains we invented through fiction asWatchman, and the show gives the character a dream journey to better understand the human experience. Seems too enthusiastic to explain the side. It's already clear from the story. For viewers who are not specific fans of this genre, the artificially epic fantasy stories of some characters can occasionally induce giggles. None of this undermines the clever story and gorgeous sight ofSandman. It could have been a big hit in the days when Netflix was actually available, comparable to Disney's superhero weapons, but with enough personality to make the comparison meaningless.

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