Sandman: Why Netflix Adaptation Achieved the Impossible

After a long and arduous wait, Neil Gaiman (and DC) fans can celebrate: Sandman is an excellent series. At least, that’s what the reaction of specialized critics indicates. Newly arrived on Netflix, the series has achieved the impossible: adapting the original plot faithfully, and at the same time, pleasing Greeks and Trojans.

“After years of imprisonment, Morpheus, the King of Dreams, embarks on a journey between worlds to recover what was stolen from him and restore his power,” reads the official synopsis for Sandman on Netflix.

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Based on the comic of the same name, Sandman stars Tom Sturridge (Mary Shelley), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Cruella), Boyd Holbrook (Narcos), Charles Dance (Mank), Mark Hammil (Star Wars) and David Thewlis (Harry Potter) in the cast.

The website Digital Spy revealed why the adaptation of Sandman in Netflix is so successful; check below.

Sandman respected the original work and updated the plot

One of the great assets of Sandman season 1, according to Digital Spy, is the way the series adapts Neil Gaiman’s plot.

The series does a great job of respecting the base plot and faithfully adapting it – but with important changes to suit the style of the story for TV and introduce the Sandman characters to a modern audience.

Neil Gaiman’s influence is clearly felt throughout the 10 episodes, as is often the case in other adaptations of his stories, such as Good Omens and American Gods.

Another hit of the series involves the look. Obviously, Netflix invested heavily to give Sandman a cinematic vibe, which is unusual in its original productions.

The first episode of Sandman, which showcases the Kingdom of Dreams in incredible detail, feels more expensive than entire Netflix series. Only Stranger Things comes close to the aesthetic potential of the new hit.

Some of Sandman’s most interesting moments happen in the first few episodes. Viewers can expect great emotions in chapters like “Hope in Hell” (in which Morpheus faces Lucifer) and “The Sound of Her Wings” (where Death makes everyone cry).

The Sandman Cast Gives a Show on Netflix

One cannot talk about the Sandman without mentioning its impressive cast of stars – made up of movie and TV stars.

As Lucifer Morningstar, the King of Hell, Gwendoline Christie finds one of the best performances of her career, even after her lauded performance as the warrior Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones.

Kirby Howell-Baptiste, the interpreter of Death, stars in one of the most important plots of the Sandman with sensitivity and beauty. Her incredible performance is a strong response to the trolls who criticized her casting.

The same can be said for Jenna Coleman, the interpreter of Johanna Constantine, and the little-known Vivienne Acheampong, who puts on a show as Lucienne, the librarian of the Kingdom of Dreams.

Corinthian, one of the great antagonists of season 1, gains charm and weight by the solid performance of Boyd Holbrook.

In addition, Sandman offers great scenes for actors like Charles Dance (Sir Roderick Burgess), David Thewlis (John Dee) and Joely Richardson (Ethel Cripps) – not to mention Mason Alexander Park’s Desire and Donna Preston’s Despair (which should have a bigger role).

Tom Sturridge, the interpreter of the protagonist Dream, as usual, exceeds all expectations.

“Gaiman’s team has achieved the impossible by creating something that fans have been waiting for a long time but didn’t dare dream of,” concludes Digital Spy’s review.

Sandman season 1 is available on Netflix.

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Alexandre Guglielmelli

Alexandre Guglielmelli

Graduated from PUC Minas, I specialize in horror films, reality shows and pop culture. In my spare time, I like to write and offer movie and series recommendations to friends.

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