We know, we know — Top Gun: Maverick and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness are humongous hits.
But for our money, the most satisfying blockbuster of the summer of 2022 just may be the Season 4, Part 1 finale of Stranger Things.
With a run time of more than 90 minutes, “Chapter Seven: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab” has pretty much everything that we want from a crowd-pleasing feature.
Everything that we could want, even. There’s action, courtesy of Hopper and his fellow Kamchatka prisoners’ fierce faceoff with the Demogorgon.
There’s suspense, owing to Steve & Co.’s tense battle with Upside Down Demobats. There are laughs aplenty, as Dustin, Lucas and Max are questioned by the Hawkins PD.
There’s romance galore, not only in Hopper and Joyce’s long-awaited reunion but in Nancy’s reawakened feelings for Steve. And man, are there surprises.
We saw neither Peter being One being Vecna coming, nor Nancy being targeted as the bogeyman’s next victim (with a Barb shout-out to boot!).