The Last Of Us Review: Finally, A Video Game Adaptation Done Right

Video games may have become more cinematic as the medium has evolved, but adaptations rarely capture the same feeling that their source material does. When The Last of Us debuted on the Playstation 3 in 2013, the game received critical acclaim, and calls for a live-action version began immediately. Its story seemed more suited than most — at its core, The Last of Us is about grief, moving on in the face of it, and the bond between a grieving father and a young girl just as lost as he is. Its post-apocalyptic backdrop is just the setting against which this deeply affecting story is told. After a movie was (thankfully) canceled, HBO decided to adapt the first game into a nine-episode season, and it's all the better for it. The Last of Us is a sprawling, emotional epic that captures the game's spirit while expanding on the narrative in surprising and rewarding ways. It gets off to a slow start, but once the series commits to its vision (and allows itself to have a little fun), The Last of Us can be as beautiful and devastating as the game that preceded it.

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