Why the last of us fans should watch 2018’s prospects

Pedro Pascal is known for playing a patriarchal protector figure in The Mandalorian and is about to take on a similar role in HBO Max’s upcoming adaptation of The last of us. That similarity is not even lost on Pascal himself, since he said it was the “best double-dipping [he] could imagine.” And while these two fictional pieces are set in big, well-known franchises, Pascal also took on a similar role in 2018’s Viewwhich is worth watching on Hulu for those who want another dose of “Protector Pascal.”

View however, does not immediately play the Protector Pascal card. Instead of pairing up with an adult for a good portion of the first act or finding his younger companion at the end of the debut episode, Ezra, Pascal’s character, doesn’t even appear until about 22 minutes in. Aside from the poster, it’s not entirely clear that Ezra will even be a prominent character. This unexpected setup foreshadows how Pascal’s role as surrogate parent or guardian is a little different here.

Ezra is a sleazy con artist who intentionally turns up his charm in an attempt to smear the person he’s talking to. This is a clear separation from Joel and the beret-clad Din, who both speak clearly and with as few words as possible. Ezra’s demeanor also suits Pascal well as he is such a naturally charismatic actor who has used such charm to be a highlight in films such as The unbearable weight of massive talent and carry others like the abyss Wonder Woman 1984.

That magnetism in this context is a refreshing combination, as these types of characters are typically gruff, stoic guys. Ezra isn’t even much of a protector here either, often needing Cee — “Ellie” here — to carry or help his ass in various ways. These elements mean it has a buddy dynamic The last of usbut with a new lens, and that makes enough of a difference.

Why the last of us fans should watch 2018’s prospects

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Its science fiction setting also uses much of the same lens, but with a slight twist. The last of us is quite grounded and draws its mushroom creatures from science, showing that even its one supernatural element has a basis in reality. View is also mostly set at the more realistic end of the science fiction spectrum, but hints at a wider and more fantastical world where space miners extract ore from tiny fleshy tentacles in the ground while protecting themselves from the spores floating outside, of which the latter bears a direct resemblance to Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic adventure. This mix of blue collar realism and science fiction works well for both as they are relatable enough while still being more interesting due to their little creative leaps.

The last of us and The Mandalorian are also greater obligations, but View loosely gets through some of the same beats in a shorter time frame because it’s a movie instead of a TV series. Since it is only one hour and 40 minutes, View can quickly deliver a story about two characters slowly bonding without demanding about a dozen hours out of its viewers. That means Cee and Ezra’s relationship isn’t nearly as complex as Joel and Ellie’s, but that’s not the point here, and that disparity gives it another unique quality. It hits comparable notes without being so time-consuming.

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