Director: Roar Uthaug
Runtime: 2h 2m
So I have a confession before I start this review.
I Rachel Alice Hallett have never watched, played or know basically anything about Tomb Raider and the franchise, (yup I know, how can I call myself a nerd??) – but it’s true. The maximum amount of exposure I have had to this is perving on Angelina Jolie’s tight shorts when I was a sexually confused teenager and then riding the California ride a couple of years ago…
So for me, the ‘Tomb Raider’ franchise is not something that I have ever been particularly invested in or attached to. Which is why when they released the newer adaptation with Alicia Vikander- I thought that it was probably time to give it a go and see what all the fuss is about. Plus the trailer looked damn good, and I’m absolutely obsessed with Vikander after seeing her in Ex-Machina.
I’m at best skeptical of video-game adaptations, and although the story is supposedly very close to the 2013 reboot of the game (not that I’d know lol – but so I’ve heard from Luke) much of the film is structured in the way that I imagine the game would play out and actually flows rather nicely.
Every single aspect of the storyline is well-planned out and unlike a lot of video-game film adaptations (I’m looking at you ‘Assassins’ Creed’), the majority of the plot wasn’t the total mess that they usually are.
Of course, there was your usual waffling on about curses and tombs and all the rest of it, as it’s a completely fanatical storyline- but at its heart, this is potentially one of the better video-game adaptations I have seen.
For me personally, I found the plot interesting, exciting and yup- even though I knew she couldn’t possibly die in the first 40 minutes of the movie, I still found myself gripping to the edge of my seat… and wiping my clammy hands on a very grumpy boyfriend. Oops.
The character of Lara Croft herself is an absolute babe. Let’s not lie, Angelina Jolie is absolutely stunning, but I really enjoyed the way that Alicia Vikander took on the role and actually made Lara Croft a more believable and real woman.
Yes- she’s a badass, yes- she’s beautiful but also her character portrayal has just a little something more. She doesn’t just get by on the fact that she looks bloody insane.
Rebooted Lara is smart, witty, a fast-learner and although she’s unfeasibly fit- she’s the kind of character you just want to be. Plz, someone give me the abs of steel that she has!!
I guess if I was falting any aspects of it, it’s kind of how ridiculous the whole thing is (I mean Lara Croft should have died about 10 times over) There are a fair few flashbacks and the narrative is quite jumpy – but at its core, I got what I came for.
Going into this movie as a total newbie I was expecting a silly, fun and interesting action flick, and, much as expected, this film was decent, a good night out and not the total flop that critics had it pegged for.
If you’re looking for something to pass the time with, a fun action flick or you’re a fan of the video games, I would defo recommend that you give this one a shot!