Spoiler-Free Review of “The Last of Us” on HBO Max: A Solid Start

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!*

“You are all that matters…”

The Last of Us released on HBO Max on January 15th 2023 with the premiere episode. There will be nine episodes in total that will air weekly. Based on the video game of the same name, the post-apocalyptic drama stars Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, Gabriel Luna, and Anna Torv. Each episode runs for approximately 45-80 minutes.

Joel embarks on a dangerous journey across post-outbreak America with a girl named Ellie.

Here is the trailer:

The Last of Us is a worthy video-game adaptation filled with dangerous threats and heart-wrenching emotions. Is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Exceptional cast.

I’m a fan of Pedro Pascal and already he is leading this show in such a powerful way. His character has plenty of layers and trauma to deal with, making him a character to root for and then some. His bond with other characters is also effective as well, bringing us plenty of emotional moments that were actually really believable in a series premiere, which is not always easy to do when the audience hasn’t fully connected to everything yet.

I was super excited to see Fringe’s Anna Torv in this, who is no stranger to playing a complete bad-ass so I’m excited to see more.

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Bold start.

I love a series that is not afraid to do something unexpected and shocking (even though fans of the video game will understand what is going on from the start). Either way, I thought this was such a strong premiere and it did plenty to keep fans of the video game franchise happy, while still providing enough content for viewers who may not be as familiar with the plot.

The Cons:

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Jam-packs in a lot.

From time jumps to new characters to everything in-between, the premiere is really overstuffed with so much and felt like more of a movie at times. The series needs to be careful otherwise it may start to feel like every other post-apocalyptic show that has aired already. I think that it has enough heart and content to separate itself for now, but we’ll have to see how this develops as the episodes continue.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

It’s been a while since I saw such a strong premiere episode for a television series and it’s safe to say that The Last of Us is heading in the right direction!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Last of Us in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

Scream Hunt is available here!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” in Theaters: So much fun!

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“Is that Nic Cage…the actor?”

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent released in theaters on April 22nd 2022. The comedy action film stars Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Ike Barinholtz, Lily Mo Sheen and Tiffany Haddish. It runs for approximately an hour and forty-five minutes.

Unable to find his next gig, Nicolas Cage accepts an invitation to a wealthy fan’s birthday party for a million dollars, but quickly finds himself working undercover for the CIA at the same time.

Here is the trailer:

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent gives fans of Nicolas Cage plenty to be excited about, but does this film deliver? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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A duo to be excited about!

Wow, I loved these two together on screen! I’m a huge fan of both but you would have thought they had been starring in films together for years based on their chemistry and rapport. The unlikely friendship/partnership was fantastic. I can’t get enough of these two!

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Really funny!

I didn’t really know what to expect with this one, but I went into it hoping for the best and it delivered in the best way possible! This movie was so much fun. I was smiling the entire time and there were some moments that had me in tears from laughing so hard. It was so refreshing to just sit back and truly enjoy a movie.

The Cons:

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I wanted a little more screen time for supporting characters…

The cast was really great in this one and I guess I just wanted a little bit more screen time for some of the supporting characters. This isn’t a major con but since I was having so much fun, I wanted it to continue!

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!!!!

Comedy gold! The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent delivers with cinema nostalgia and a dream duo!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My young adult horror thriller is out now! I hope you enjoy!

Scream Hunt is available here!

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