One of the Best Comic Adaptations Ever, The Sandman Review

One of the Best Comic Adaptations Ever, The Sandman Review ...

This review of The Sandman is based on all 10 episodes from the first season of the show.

Netflix has finally cracked through with a new 10-episode series, released on August 5.

And it was all worth the wait. The Sandman is a marvel.

Allan Heinberg, David Goyer, and Gaiman himself have adapted the series for television. Dream of the Endless follows a man who is kidnapped by a human warlock and kept in captivity for 100 years. He recovers from captivity and returns to his realm, The Dreaming, where he rebuilds and reorients himself. That process leads to personal growth and deeper connections with his victims and his siblings.

The Sandman's visual impact was always going to be difficult. The following are some of the most influential and inimitable artists of the 1990s comics scene: Dave McKean, Sam Keith, Colleen Doran, Kelley Jones, Jill Thompson, Mark Buckingham, Bryan Talbot, and others. To enact a new medium, the authors must have as deep and critical an understanding of the material as the geniuses who created it.

David Goyer and Allan Heinberg, who teamed up with an older, wiser, and now-TV veteran Gaiman, accomplished just that.

To understand why the television adaptation excels so much, one must first understand what the comics achieved effectively, and how the show utilized that knowledge to its advantage. The comics were packed with famous character designs, and those characters were often placed in fantastical situations that traditional television could not afford to perform effectively or convincingly.

The show clearly spent the money to make these situations work. There is just one time in the series where the sets took me out of the moment (they reused an old one and did not do anything to change it). Otherwise, even the scenes that appear to be a random quarry were created with a later story beat in mind. Everything from Morpheus' giant hand grabbing a rice paddy intersection out of one persons dream to unintelligible letters on road signs in another

The casting for this program is exceptional. As Morpheus, the King of Dreams, and Boyd Holbrook (Logan) is his primary sort-of-antagonist of the show, the tooth-eyed escaped nightmare The Corinthian, both Morpheus and The Corinthian are given more material and interiority than their comics counterparts, and Sturridge and Holbrook do an incredible job of capturing those emotions.

What Sturridge does is put expectations on their heads: every smirk, every smile, every eye twinkle, every smile, every eye twinkle he gives shines through. In fact, Sturridge's performance is the place where the contrast between the show and the comic is the greatest.

Only the absolute best of them can accomplish subtle movement better than film or television. You can see Morpheus blinking and smiling as you read, but you cant see the smirk develop anywhere other than in the progression that exists in your head as you read. This is one of my favorite TV performances in some time, and I hope it earns him some recognition.

The supporting cast is equally as good as the leads. David Thewlis (Wonder Woman) is a creepy nightmare of a person as John Dee; Kirby Howell-Baptiste (The Good Place) is magnetically perfect as Dreams sister Death; Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) quietly sees herself as Lucifer Morningstar, Lord of Hell; and Stephen Fry (The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) is a highlight of the back half of the show as

The Sandman belongs to Sturridge, Holbrook, and the showrunner team. They deserve massive critical acclaim for their achievements, and a season 2 renewal as soon as possible.

All 10 episodes of The Sandman are now available for download on Netflix.