The press praises “The Last of Us” series
“The Last of Us” will start in the United States on January 15. The American press has been able to discover the first episodes in advance and the feedback is particularly praised.
The Last of Us series is one of the biggest expectations of this year on the series side. Produced by HBO, it is the adaptation of the eponymous game released in 2013 on Playstation 3. This one is considered a real masterpiece, especially thanks to its harrowing scenario and its characters as complex as they are endearing. The Last of Us was a great success and gave rise in 2020 to a highly anticipated and equally remarkable sequel.
As a reminder, the story takes place in a post-apocalyptic universe. A virus develops from a fungus and quickly the world turns upside down as humans turn into violent and deadly creatures. After a few years, we find Joel, one of the survivors and the first character that the player embodies. With him comes Ellie, a teenage girl that Joel must bring to the Fireflies, a group opposed to the military regime that is looking for a vaccine for this virus.
As for the series, HBO has hired Craig Mazin. The creator had already marked the spirits with the excellent Chernobyl, also on HBO. To accompany him and ensure that the adaptation is faithful to the game, the creator of the game Neil Druckmann also participated in the production. A choice that seems to have paid off if we believe the first feedback on The Last of Us.
While the series will be broadcast in the United States from January 15, the American press was able to discover in advance the first episodes. The website Rottentomatoes, which gathers for the moment about thirty reviews of The Last of Us, shows an impressive score of 100%. All the critics are particularly praising the show.
Many journalists highlight the quality of the adaptation from the video game. This is the case of Collider, for whom “The Last of Us is a phenomenal telling of a story that was already one of the best stories ever told in a video game”, while Slashfilm highlights “an exciting and character-driven direction”. The American media reporter points out that the show has plenty to delight fans, without alienating a new audience.
The same is true for Empire, which sees it as “the best adaptation of a video game ever made”, which is also shared by BBC.com. And for Daily Telegraph, “The Last of Us is a rare piece of television: an adaptation that makes you want to rush out and play the game”.
For those who have not played the video game, the feedback is also relevant. Digital Spy, for example, writes that the series is “really scary, but it’s the quiet moments intertwined that will grab you the most”. It should be noted that several critics mention interesting changes in the story to “deliver an extraordinarily strong season of television” (What I Watched Tonight). Finally, Variety is blunt in stating that The Last of Us “will be among the best series on television”.