Netflix’s adaptation of The Sandman is a total triumph

Dream (Tom Sturridge) in Sandman (Netflix)

Dream (Tom Sturridge) in the sandman (Netflix)

Like the long-awaited adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s book the sandman comes calling to conjure our dreams before dawn, who knows what awaits those who consider themselves immune to its advances?

Only time will tell how show runner Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman), creator Neil Gaiman (american gods) and DC prodigy David S. Goyer (Foundation) bring their vision to Netflix starting August 5th.

First published between 1989 and 1996, the comic book series is considered one of the biggest in the medium, and screen adaptations have been discussed since the late 1990s. First it would be a movie before a deal with Netflix in 2019 to turn it into a series, after years of trying to get this ambitious tale off the ground.

Fortunately, it was worth the wait as the final product matches the source material. It’s a cavalcade of visual splendor, audacious imagery and fascinating narratives that will convince audiences that dreams do come true as they are taken on a journey through time and space that encompasses every element of human behavior.

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the sandman The series introduces audiences to the anthropomorphized god Dream (Tom Sturridge): an omnipotent purveyor of unconscious expectations.

Dream (Tom Sturridge) and Lucienne (Vivienne Acheampong) in the episode The Sandman (Netflix)

Dream (Tom Sturridge) and Lucienne (Vivienne Acheampong) in the sandman (Netflix)

Imprisoned by Roderick Burgess (Charles Dance), a supporter of real-world Satanist Aleister Crowley, Dream is forced to wait a century for time and tide to set him free. Stripped of his robes and ornaments of trade, he must seek out three items to atone for the wrongs that were made in the mortal world during his incarceration.

This venture sees him encounter The Corinthian (Boyd Holbrook), John Dee (David Thewlis) and Death (Kirby Howell-Baptiste), among others.

For those unfamiliar with the lore of this legendary title, there’s no need to worry. Allan Heinberg and his collaboration with the sandman creator proves to be fruitful, as the elements of this cavernous tale are unpacked over a ten-hour period.

The Sand Man.  (left to right) Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne, Sanjeev Bhaskar as Cain, Tom Sturridge as Dream, Asim Chaudhry as Abel.  (Netflix)

The Sand Man. (left to right) Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne, Sanjeev Bhaskar as Cain, Tom Sturridge as Dream, Asim Chaudhry as Abel. (Netflix)

Featuring biblical characters including Cain (Sanjeev Baskar) and Abel (Asim Chaudry), alongside DC alumnus Johanna Constantine (Jenna Coleman), this story remains rich with possibilities that rarely diminish.

As the audience delves deeper into this tale, it morphs into many things, encompassing the various facets of human behavior, from wide-eyed admiration to unrestrained self-interest.

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It’s a transformation that directly affects others over time, as it becomes apparent that Dream has far more power than his helm, ruby, and sand might suggest. It is a power that not only influences any unconscious ambitions people may have, but also protects against emotional avarice to maintain balance.

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From the depths of Hell and an overly accommodating Lucifer Morningstar (Gwendoline Christie) to the ever-constant guidance of dreamworld guardian Lucienne (Vivienne Acheampong), this rich tapestry of human evolution continues to expand.

After an opening episode that lays the groundwork for its story, the sandman it takes time to gain momentum. Using every minute of your screen time to the fullest, making this world an absorbing place to explore.

The Sand Man.  (left to right) Tom Sturridge as Dream, Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer Morningstar.. (Laurence Cendrowicz/Netflix)

The Sand Man. (left to right) Tom Sturridge as Dream, Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer Morningstar.. (Laurence Cendrowicz/Netflix)

Tom Sturridge is the foundation around which this series revolves and his involvement remains crucial. He manages to convey the infinite source of influence that defines the Dream, but he also adds shadows to his persona that imply that such gifts come with their own price. Much like Damon Lindelof’s opinion watchmakersthis sandman adaptation is close to perfection.

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In adapting comic book volumes Preludes and Nocturnes and the doll house in season one, Netflix laid the groundwork for a franchise.

This ten-hour warm-up gets novices familiar with the landscape of the sandmanallowing characters to come and go leaving their mark on the imagination, while giving this story additional layers as they go.

(left to right) Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian, Kerry Shale as Nimrod in The Sandman.  (Liam Daniel/Netflix)

(left to right) Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian, Kerry Shale as Nimrod in The Sandman. (Liam Daniel/Netflix)

The Corinthian is one of those characters who is woven from dreams and personifies nightmares, consuming our capacity for hope and feeding forever on our desires. His unique disfigurement making him a grotesque creation to mock, were it not for the actor beneath the facade. Boyd Halbrook meets this creative need alongside Tom Sturridge and Mason Alexander Park incarnation of desire, to give substance to this world.

Other characters may offer fleeting moments of levity before Dream strips them of their gifts, but the Corinthian exists beyond infinity, walking among mortals seeking to overthrow an old world order.

Aided and abetted by members of the Burgess clan, this clandestine attack on Morpheus defines episode five through random acts of savagery. Consciousness free and detached from the limits of social convention, this is what happens when humans become native.

Tom Sturridge as Dream, Mason Alexander Park as Desire in The Sandman.  (Netflix)

Tom Sturridge as Dream, Mason Alexander Park as Desire in the sandman. (Netflix)

However, none of these elements would come together if the production design, composition and cinematography didn’t deliver – which thankfully happens in abundance.

Conjuring a world of wonder in your hands, series designer Jon Gary Steele (outlander) weaves real-world visuals and locations into a cohesive whole. An achievement that is reinforced by composer David Buckley (the lawyer lincoln), which perfectly blends tone and time period to inject this sandman universe with some genuine emotion.

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This long-awaited adaptation of Gaiman’s seminal work proves that, given the right mix of creative influences, any work of imagination can be taken off the page and brought to life on screen.

the sandman is streaming on Netflix now.

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