a neat and faithful adaptation that forgets to dream to fly higher

Adapt ‘The Sandman’ it was not an easy task. Maybe that’s why his story tumbles from producer to producer for more than 30 years. They wanted to make it into a movie first and in 2016 they were close to achieving that. In reality, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was going to be its director and protagonist. Nothing like a powerful creator and actor to add more hype to the project. But things went wrong. Gordon-Levitt abandoned ship, and plans to bring “The Sandman” to the screen were once again wrecked.

in those who arrived netflix and was interested. The graphic novel creator himself, Neil Gaman, got personally involved in the project and everyone else decided that to bring together everything important in the thumbnails, it was better to make a series than a movie. Otherwise, too much would be lost along the way. With such wickers, everything looks like a fable. Now that the series is between us and we could see its 10 episodes It’s time to answer the big question: does “The Sandman” live up to the hype? Dark…

Tom Sturridge is Dream, Morpheus, Sandman... many are the names of the king of dreams.

What we like

the first episode

the series begins wonderfully well. Its first episode lays the foundations in an exemplary manner. He puts in front of us, the viewers, all the cards face up so that we understand the universe of the series and how it works: who is Morpheus, why does he do what he does and the serious problem he faces. A problem which, it is true, continues during the ten episodes although the series he forgets it in some And this is something that we will see later. But if we focus on the beginning of ‘The Sandman’, there will be very few people who will see the first episode and not want to continue the series. The atmosphere created, the actors (magnificent Charles Dance who always embroiders his villainous roles) and the magnitude of the problem that arises result in an extremely enjoyable pilot episode.

Morpheus spends over a century captured and the dream world eventually crumbles.

Death

He is one of the sisters of Morpheus. And it is with him that he gets along the best. Neil Gaiman was extremely demanding during casting until they found the actress who matched the character. And that does not surprise us because it is a vital role in comics. english Kirby Howell-Baptiste It was ultimately the chosen one and it’s one of the culprits that the god of sleep ends up liking us. At least in the only episode where she appears. He is tender, she is understanding, she is wonderful. He is opposite to what we usually associate with incarnations of the Grim Reaper that have been made in other fiction. Just for her is worth the 6th episode which bears the title “The Sound of Her Wings”.

Kirby Howell-Baptiste embodies a Death unlike any other.

the fifth chapter

And since we are talking about specific episodes, the previous one, the 5th (’24 hours’) is another of series moments. A “momentazo” lasting almost an hour that can be, without a doubt, the best of all. A place, seven characters and a spiral of human misery disguised as passions and truths. It doesn’t take much for the bad vibes to stay in your body for a long time. The tension and the macabre of what is happening is wonderfully well done. Especially when compared to this story as told in the comic.

David Thewlis is John Dee in

These characters are going to know what happens when you can't lie to hide your feelings.

the corinthian

In a dreamlike world like “The Sandman”, personifying evil could have been a huge challenge. Luckily, Gaiman has pulled a terrifying villain up his sleeve with an extremely appealing image. Not the main story, but a provisional who, in the end, is the antagonist of this first season. A more than solvent Boyd Holbrook (‘Narcos’, ‘Logan’) compound ‘Corinthian’a nightmare drawn from the world of dreams which no longer wants to return to it and which takes advantage of the imprisonment of Morpheus to escape and sow chaos and death. It’s seductive, it’s Machiavellian, is a villain who hangs although they couldn’t give him more trips because in the series he has more than he is granted in the comics. And you better keep your glasses…

The Corinthian (Boyd Holbrook) is more terrifying for what it hides than for what it shows.

Faithful to the end

If this series stands out for anything, it’s for the loyalty and extreme respect to comics that fits In fact, there are scenes and shots from the first episode that are taken as is. The rest of the episodes also drink a lot from the vignettes as well as the story it covers and which does not go beyond the first volumes of the graphic novels. This loyalty benefits you for know where to go, don’t beat around the bush and tie a story that it won’t be to everyone’s taste.

The series' imagery is modeled after that of the comic books.

What we like least

scattered history

This fidelity of which we have just spoken, and which is true that it is a great point in favor, has a double file. The series makes that for more than half of the episodes they focus on one or two storylines that end soon and seeing characters who disappear never to return. The same thing happens in the comics. Until the plot settles into continuity and we find out where Gaiman wants to go we tumble. Tumbos for stories that are interesting but may disengage the average viewer. Mostly because they’re self-contained stories with very little travel, and what’s worse, with tremendously interesting characters (Joanne Constantin for example and who asks for a series for itself as Neil Gaiman himself has already insinuated) that they no longer appear in the entire series. This can destabilize more than one and make them wonder: “but does that have something to do with what they told me in the previous episode?”.

This character is a pearl and it's a shame that we appreciate him so little.

Tom Sturridge

It’s painful but that’s how it is. Tom Sturridge try but does not reach. He dreams of being a Dream, but something big is coming for him. Maybe I have to see the visual style of the series who teaches us as more like a fan of The treatment that like the real king of dreams. It is true that the comic character was an image between ethereal and sinister with the hair of robert smith but the visual imprint that Gaiman gave him did the rest and made him a memorable character. Yes, Sturridge is solemn, he is serious, he is capital. It’s the comic book dream, but there is something wrong And, as the series draws to a close it increases the feeling. We care more about the rest of the characters than the protagonist himself.

Tom Sturridge is not a bad dream.  We've had worse, that's for sure... but also better.

small visual ambition

The book series. The effects too. Both in the computer-generated characters and in the landscapes and settings, but… in the series he doesn’t have that overwhelming personality that was in the thumbnails and that he did almost 50% of what “The Sandman” is. If you want to adapt ‘The Sandman’ you have to nail the visual atmosphere of Gaiman. Netflix didn’t quite pull it off. miss a point. And this is something that is almost a common trait with the rest of the platform’s fantastic productions. That’s to say, we can not say that the series is “badly made”. The effects are consistent and not even noticeable in many scenes (which is the best compliment one can give to any special effect) but they seem to be cut from the same cloth. They’re not suggestive, they don’t wrap up the story. They are cold, aseptic and “The Sandman” should be anything but a “cold” series. We speak of the world of dreams and in it, there is rarely room for the credits.

The effects look good but we are far from a strong visual style that would have given another air to the series.

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