The fourth season of “Stranger Things’ is behind us, it will still be a long time before season five. But Netflix subscribers don’t have to do without young people who rode their bikes in the 1980s and experienced highly emotional stories to hit songs of the time.
With “Live Is Life”, a coming-of-age film is starting today on the streaming service, whose nostalgia-soaked marketing certainly evokes memories of the fantasy hit series. but there is much more behind the film than a “Stranger Things“-free riders. Among other things, the first season of a video game adaptation starts today!
The summer of 1985 is the most important of Rodri’s (Adrián Baena) life so far: he travels from Madrid back to his old village home, where he wants to meet his family and friends. But they’ve evolved tremendously during Rodri’s absence, which is why the gang is beginning to worry. The question arises: How long-lasting is such a friendship actually? To strengthen their bond, they plan to escape together at night to find a magical flower that can grant them their wishes…
In the DashFUN editorial team, the first pictures for “Live Is Life” initially have memories of the first season “Stranger Things“ woke up – a chain of associations that Netflix should undoubtedly be happy with. After all, the fantasy series is one of the biggest hits in the history of the streaming service. If enough “Stranger ThingsIf fans scroll through the Netflix menu and get stuck on the Live Is Life tile because it looks similar enough, it will guarantee the coming-of-age Spanish-language drama plenty of views.
And who knows if this mid-1980s youth film would have even gotten the green light if the mystery series offering tons of 80s nostalgia wasn’t so successful. Nevertheless, “Live Is Life” squints less towards “Stranger Things’ than in the direction of ‘Stand By Me’, Stephen King’s bittersweet ode to childhood friendships. “Live Is Life” is also about the light-heartedness and thirst for adventure of the puberty years as well as the pain of separation and the gathering of dark clouds. The film was directed by Dani de la Torre, and the screenplay and novel were written by Albert Espinosa, creator of the Spanish “Red Ribbon Club” original.
As in the deadly sad, gently funny youth series, Espinosa also processes his own experiences as a young cancer patient in “Live Is Life”, who did not want this disease to overshadow his entire life. For the German-speaking audience, it certainly takes some getting used to as well as being funny: The film title of Live Is Life is borrowed from a song that is also featured repeatedly on the soundtrack – Opus’ chart-topping Live Is Life. Although it is indispensable in local marquees, it has also achieved gold status in Spain.
Even more magical than Live Is Life is He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe. The computer-animated fantasy series enters its third season today and continues to show the eternal struggle between the muscular Mattel hero He-Man and the villainous Skeletor. Caution, risk of confusion: “He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe” is a family-oriented reboot of the 80s cult series, Not the animated, adult-oriented sequel series to the 80s cult. The format is titled “Masters of the Universe – Revelation” and can also be found on Netflix.
With “Tekken: Bloodline” a new series of tricks is also starting today. The anime format is based on the legendary fighting games from Namco and tells what happened between the gaming bestsellers “Tekken 2” and “Tekken 3”.. The series is penned by a true Tekken luminary, Katsuhiro Harada, who has been pulling the strings in the video game franchise for decades. And if you want it to be more fluffy: In the documentary “What cats think” published today, cat connoisseurs find out what’s going on in the cuddly, mischievous and sometimes quite overwhelmed house tigers.