Art has and will always remain subjective. That is one of the beauties of it that you cannot have a universal definition for it. Everyone has their own preference when it comes to art, and acting is no different. Everyone has their own benchmarks by which they evaluate an actor’s performance. However, in the newest season of Stranger Things, fans are criticizing Finn Wolfhard. But again, people have their own reasons for it.
Let us see why people are divided when it comes to Finn’s portrayal of Mike Wheeler.
Finn Wolfhard has the fans in a dilemma
Stranger Things is the kind of show that has never disappointed fans. Be it the great storyline, intriguing characters, or cinematography. The Netflix Original has always been at the top of its game. That’s why when fans feel a particular character in the show isn’t doing that well, they scrutinize every possible reason as to why.
Unfortunately for fans, that character is Mike Wheeler, played by Finn Wolfhard. After the internet-breaking premiere of Stranger Things 4, people started criticizing the dull and flat storyline of Mike Wheeler. Some went ahead and stated Finn’s poor acting was a reason for it.
However, many fans of the actor have since come forward to talk about it. Many feel it’s not Finn’s lack of acting skills but the poor writing that has made Mike a boring character.
People feel ever since Mike and El became an on-screen couple, Mike lost his purpose in the show and that Finn Wolfhard is still a great actor. The debate has become so huge that users on Twitter are now picking sides. The rift seems to be about if Finn is a good actor or if Mike has been written poorly.
Some of the arguments on Twitter are as follows:
somebody needs to hold an eviction notice over finn wolfhard’s head so he can start ACTING again cause millie carrying everything starting to piss me off https://t.co/IAsXzBu0SA
— María (@n1ceout) May 29, 2022
kinda annoys me that ppl flame finn wolfhard’s acting this season saying he hates stranger things but it’s become very evident since s3 the writing for his character has no substance what he meant to show facial expressions for ..??? where is his PLOT writers?😭
— nat (@mwahvibes) May 29, 2022
i feel bad for finn wolfhard everyone calling him a bad actor when his character hasn’t had a personality since season 2 except being el’s bf
— tas (@taspt2) May 29, 2022
finn wolfhard lost his it factor and somewhere along the way sadie sink found it
— lia 🚀 (@beeefyfridgerss) May 29, 2022
also you can literally tell finn wolfhard don’t want to be in stranger things anymore and it shows really hard through his performance/acting 😭 ik he wanna be in an a24 movie so bad 💀
— elizabitch 🦋 (@lilthottykins) May 29, 2022
dont call me a hater but that is NOT mike wheeler anymore that’s literally just finn wolfhard in the stranger things universe
— wiz nic (@nincoleslaw) May 28, 2022
It is certainly a debatable topic, as Finn has been part of some great projects over the years and has proved his acting skills time and again. But the people indeed feel like his character needs some improvements.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you think Mike is a poorly-written character, or is it Finn who is portraying him badly? Feel free to share your answers with us in the comments.
You can stream the whole season of Stranger Things on Netflix and decide for yourselves.