Here we are again with another movie based on a popular video game. Now, most of the time this happens it doesn’t turn out well, but I can say we finally have a decent video game movie with the new Tomb Raider. The movie is based on the reboot of the video games and it shows throughout the films.
Let me start off by saying Alica Vikander embodies Lara Croft and gives full commitment to the role. Throughout the film, I saw the video game hero I have spent hours playing and felt like this is the perfect example of an actor or actress becoming a classic character. The film is an origin story of Lara Croft whose father has been missing for seven years and is now trying to find an island her father did research about. They do a great job when it comes to showing the emotions of Lara and her struggle to let go that her father is gone. It’s obvious the main inspiration was the first game of the recent video game series from a few years back.
While there are some game nods and at times sticks true to the original story, I think the movie really sets up what could be a better sequel. It’s decent and doesn’t fail in aspects as other video game movies, which is nice. Some of the action scenes work but some are iffy at most due to the CGI, but I give it a pass. The story is pretty straightforward, you could compare it to Indiana Jones, which isn’t a bad thing.
In the supporting roles, Walton Goggins is probably the best side character in the movie. He plays Mathias Vogel, the main villain, and he has a simple motive but Goggins I feel gives him more depth and gives life to a kind of 2D written villain. Goggins and Vikander are the two main standouts of the movie and I would recommend watching the movie just because of these two alone.
Overall I would recommend watching the new Tomb Raider movie and help support its theatrical run. As a gamer, I feel like this will be the movie that deserves the credit for helping to get video game movies off the ground even if it was only just decent. The movie sets up what could easily be a great sequel. Alica Vikander is Lara Croft and I hope we see more of her. – Johnathan Brin
Tomb Raider is in theaters now.
Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.