Netflix’s most popular show is The Sandman – The UBJ
The Sandman, a renowned graphic novel by beloved author Neil Gaiman, is a deep and fascinating world of darkness, dreams and unrealized ambitions. With what Neil offers readers in the first 75 issues of the series, the label “graphic novel” seems to fit well. The Sandman is brutal, no doubt, with overlaid themes of adultery, rape, abuse and addiction. But because of the fantasy and the remoteness of the universe, it seems difficult to adapt these pages to any type of image.
The fact that The Sandman took over 30 years to develop is understandable. Those of us who have listened to or read Gaiman’s work in book or audio form had simply dreamed (pun intended) of this opportunity. But thank goodness Netflix has taken over so we can now witness the grace of Gaiman’s lyrics in live-action. For the uninitiated, it is enough to know that this is a fantasy world made by a world-famous author and appreciated by readers of all ages. The Sandman, also known as Lord Morpheus, the King of Dreams, who managed to free himself from his captors in the waking world after a century, is the subject of the tale.
David Goyer and Allan Heinberg skilfully reproduced graphics and sketches by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Jill Thompson, Shawn McManus, Marc Hempel, Bryan Talbot and Michael Zulli. The fact that Neil is heavily involved in the process, from scriptwriting to selecting talent to play the roles he has so carefully crafted, also helps immensely. Some of the images in the series are exact copies of those in Volume I of The Sandman, such as the scenes in which Morpheus is abducted by a novice mage or in which The Sandman, after being imprisoned for a century, eventually breaks free into the light. . The team of Sam Heasman, George Steel and Will Baldy created stunning cinematography. You breathe out and admire the wonders on the screen, having a feeling similar to reading a book with all of your senses.
Even those unfamiliar with Gaiman’s body of work will be compelled to sit back and notice what unfolds before them through the efforts of the creators. Solid storytelling, brilliant performers, excellent visual effects, and excellent production design all work together to solve this problem magnetically. The attention to detail, from the clothes to how the hell and dream realms are created, is breathtaking. Game of Thrones actor Gwendolen Christie portrays Lucifer Morningstar, the ruler of Hell, and he’s subtly menacing as a creator of chaos. Despite her smile, you still dread her. Then there are others, such as Sanjeev Bhaskar as Cain and Asim Chaudhary as Abel, Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine, Stephen Fry as Gilbert and David Thewlis as the crazy John Dee and Patton Oswalt as the crow Matthew. They really hit it big when they cast Boyd Holbrook to play the villainous Corinthian, who had a pair of fangs for his eyes. Boyd Holbrook is one of two artists stealing the show in this pilot season. Because Tom Sturridge, a little-known British actor outside the UK, is fantastic as The Sandman.
Beneath all the blood, violence, grief and hope that is still bubbling and trying to come to the surface, there is gore. This is Sandman the graphic novel, and the creators of The Sandman Season 1 of the Netflix adaptation have maintained that spirit.