The Last of Us

When you're lost in the darkness, look for the light.

Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy Action & Adventure
English     8.928     2023     USA

Overview

Twenty years after modern civilization has been destroyed, Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse the United States and depend on each other for survival.

Reviews

JacobMars wrote:
Absolute shit, i would rather play the TLOU 2 than watch another minute of this shit, it was nothing to do with the lore or the characters from the games. Comparing this bore-fest of a show to The Last Of Us 1 is like comparing Peter Jackson The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy to Amazons Rings Of Guyladriel.
MSB wrote:
FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF SEASON ONE @ https://www.msbreviews.com/tv-reviews/the-last-of-us-season-1-review *Based on the full first season handed to press* "The Last of Us is the first live-action videogame adaptation able to finally break the frustrating curse, reaching the so-desired unprecedented level of excellence. Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann construct a complex character study driven by fascinating protagonists, Joel and Ellie, exploring the grief, traumas, and tragedies of their lives through unimaginable moral dilemmas, emotionally heavy conversations, and devastating moments. Save for rare exceptions, the episodic narrative formula is remarkably efficient, offering a panoply of intriguing characters and outstanding performances - Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey clearly stand out from the rest. A more intimate, grounded version of a post-apocalyptic world that doesn't lack gory, violent action/horror sequences. Gustavo Santaolalla's score couldn't be a better fit. If I was already excited to venture into the video game, now I can't wait for that day to come." Rating: A-
MovieGoer223 wrote:
No spoilers here. I went into this show cautiously optimistic, after seeing the trailers. I, like so many others, have been burned by horrid video game adaptations ***cough*** "_Halo_" ***cough***. I was incredibly surprised by the first episode. LOVED IT! While yes, the pacing was a bit slower than the game's first few moments, I felt like it was appropriate to set the stage for everything to come later. TLOU is one of my favorite games on the planet, and I am really hard to please when it comes to media. I am the definition of nit-picky when it comes to writing, production, and character development, especially with pre-existing and beloved material. I can say honestly, and without reservation that if the creators put as much attention to detail and fan-oriented storytelling into the later episodes of this season, this could easily be one of the best adaptations of a game, out there. I really can't wait to see what they do with it.
MovieGuys wrote:
Given the inclination of modern Western entertainment to come laden down with woke, social messaging, I came to The Last of Us, prepared to be disappointed. Thankfully, the work nonsense, has at least for the first two episodes, been dial-ed back. The result is a series that's quite watchable. Obviously, the inevitable point of comparison for The Last of Us is going to be the dominant, contemporary survivalist series, The Walking Dead. Frankly, its not of the same calibre and probably never will be. That's alright, TWD was and remains, a very hard act to follow. What does work, is this series get on with the main story, without loading it down with excessive psychological navel gazing or irritating side stories, that go nowhere interesting. That, in itself, is refreshing and sensible. The acting is reasonable too. The main characters are inherently believable, if not especially likeable. That's fine, there's no obligation for them to be stereotypical "good guys". Its people's flaws that make them interesting and relatable. Perhaps, my only real criticism is the monster effects. They are not overly frightening or particularly convincing. I really wish a little more thought had gone into how to make them more horrifyingly real. In summary, a solid survivalist series, adapted competently from a video game, that is, thus far, a worthwhile watch.

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