HBO’s new sci-fi series “Westworld” is off to a great start. Prior to its release date this October, the show based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film is already getting positive reviews.
Collider said the series by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy is “lovingly crafted,” which helped marry its Wild West aesthetic and cold sci-fi elements and made the two feel “believably connected.”
“Like ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Westworld' is a sprawling story, but it’s never as disparate as the world of Westeros and what lies beyond the Narrow Sea,” the review further reads. “What matters here is the notion that everything is contained, intimate, and carefully crafted, and fans of Crichton will immediately feel the familiarity with his most famous stories’ themes.”
On the other hand, The Telegraph would not go as far as likening the new show to “Game of Thrones,” which is arguably the most popular show around. Still, “Westworld” is described as “a complex, visionary world that is pleasingly in no rush to rapidly churn out its storyline. Like the on-screen robots, its pieces are meticulously put together, its capacity to unleash hell brimming beneath the surface. And it’s beautiful to watch.”
As for The Guardian, it also compared the show to “Game of Thrones” and said “Westworld” will definitely deliver the same amount of devotion and hype as the fantasy series. “For those of us who just like story – lots and lots of story! – ‘Westworld' will hit the spot as hard as ‘GoT’ ever did,” the review read.
IGN also had glowing reviews for “Westworld,” and it said in its review: “This is top-notch television in every respect. The juxtaposition of life inside Westworld and life for those who are creating Westworld allows for an excellent entry point into the show, allowing us to invest with these artificial life forms from the start, while getting to also see the motivations of those behind-the-scenes.”
“Westworld” will be released on HBO on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. ET.