HBO’s The Last Of Us, which is based on Naughty Dog’s incredible video game, has debuted with a 100% critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes. The series, which is going to start streaming on January 15th, has a perfect score on the Tomatometer after scores from 26 critics.
26 critics agree that the series is faithful to the source material. It is only natural as the series has the core minds of the original game on board as the backbone of the production itself.
Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin are the showrunners for The Last Of Us. The very same people who, in a way, gave birth to the story.
They even have the original game’s music composer, Gustavo Santaolalla, on board to do the show’s score. It really seems as though this helped the series to keep the same tone and feel as the original video game.
The Last Of Us Scores 100% Rating From 26 Critics
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So, it seems as though Naughty Dog’s video game got a worthy live-action adaptation. HBO is in a position not to disappoint fans and gamers alike.
Recently we posted that the series had a budget comparable to other critically acclaimed series. Definitely, judging by the critics’ rating, The Last Of Us will satisfy, if not go above, expectations.
In the series, Pedro Pascal portrays Joel and Bella Ramsey plays Ellie. They are joined by the likes of Gabriel Luna as Tommy Miller, Merle Dandridge as Marlene, Jeffrey Pierce as Perry and Anna Torv as Theresa ‘Tess’ Servopoulos.
According to the critics, Druckmann and Mazin were able to accomplish adapting the game into live action. Druckmann has mentioned before that they do not intend to deviate from the original story. However, certain changes had to be made.
Many critics mentioned that they managed to add certain details about the characters that weren’t in the original game, which really helped in giving a little bit more oomph to the overall story. These are aspects of the story that the original game did not get to take advantage of.
Adding these details for the live-action adaptation also helped to enrich the depth of these characters and the story as a whole. Certain parts of the series in which these added details feature help to explain what happened before the world basically goes to Hell, and they give the audience a peek into their previous lives.
Critics loved Pascal and Ramsey’s performances throughout what they have seen so far. More than a handful truly feel that the series will have its second season as well.
The Last Of Us Certified Fresh 100% Critics Rating
Germain Lussier from IO9 states:
The Last of Us has the potential to cross generations and open the eyes of non-gamers to the level of depth, complexity, and emotion capable in the medium.
Meanwhile, Logan Moore of ComicBook.com says:
The Last of Us is to be praised for helping break the video game adaptation “curse” that has permeated for decades. For new audiences, The Last of Us is very much worth viewing as its story is still gripping, even when told through a new medium.
Even before The Last Of Us officially comes to HBO, it already holds a record of being one of the largest television production in Canadian history. Sony Pictures Television, PlayStation Productions, Naughty Dog, The Mighty Mint, and Word Games did this project right.
The show consists of nine episodes, and even though fans of the game will definitely know what will happen, they will still be at the edge of their seats watching every scene.
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