What critics of ‘The Last of Us’ say: “It’s not just a revolutionary adaptation of a video game. It’s a great series, period.”

The fiction starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey as Joel and Ellie, respectively, will premiere on HBO Max Spain on January 16.

There is little left to see on the small screen the adaptation as a series of the acclaimed PlayStation video game The Last of Us, so the first criticisms of the fiction have already come out and everything indicates that we are facing a new and resounding success of HBO Max.

Fans of the game have been waiting for its release like rain in May since its adaptation was announced in 2020. And although video game adaptations to the big or small screen don’t usually turn out very well, The Last of Us It has been able to overcome that bump and be considered one of the best series of this 2023.

Simon Cardy’s IGN tosignature that achieves fulfilling its promise to present the dark history of the video game without just replicating it step by step:

The best adaptations don’t just mimic their source material, but are meant to enrich those who are familiar with it, while also acting as an introduction to those who aren’t. HBO’s The Last of Us does exactly that: retelling the brilliant story of one of gaming’s most beloved stories that rebottles the essence of what made it so special to so many in the first place.

For those who still don’t know what it’s about The Last of Us, the story is set in a United States that has been devastated by a fungal infection. 20 years after the start of the epidemic, a smuggler named Joel is tasked with escorting a young Ellie across the country, as she may hold the key to humanity’s recovery. Along the way, the two form a surrogate father-daughter bond that captured the hearts of gamers back in 2013. This is largely due to the efforts of lead actors Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, who manage to put in a significant amount. of complexity to their characters, as explained by Meagan Navarro of Bloody Disgusting:

Pedro Pascal perfectly plays the inveterate smuggler Joel, the anti-hero prone to making ruthless decisions in the name of survival and, on occasion, love. However, Pascal makes sure that he never loses empathy, even when perhaps he should. Bella Ramsey’s Ellie is a complex teenager who exudes a vivacious youth as she internalizes the weight of the world.

The creator of ‘The Last of Us’ is clear not to repeat the same problem as ‘Game of Thrones’

Chris Vognar of San Francisco defines it directly as “Not just a revolutionary adaptation of a video game. It’s a great series, period.”. On the other hand, as it is a series that will premiere a new episode weekly, New York Magazine explains that it promises to be HBO’s new Twitter hit:

Even if The Last of Us treads on familiar ground, it’s still a passionate and ambitious piece of work that seems destined to become HBO’s next Twitter hit.

Without a doubt, we find ourselves with the next resounding success of HBO that we can finally see on HBO Max on January 16.